The AGU Voices for Science 2020/2021 fellowship opened my eyes to different science communication possibilities that value my creativity. Below are some of my scicomm work!
AGU Scicomm seminars/workshops
For the #AGU2020 virtual conference, I and my ARTner-in-crime Mj Riches gave the workshop “How to Sketch Your Science”, where we talked about the value of using self-made visual media for communicating science. We prepared a handout through AGU Sharing Science’s blog, and the workshop drew about a thousand participants, as per the organizers.
We started off the workshop with video sketches of each other “Draw-my-life” style, where Mj narrated her introduction and I sketched it, and vice versa. We presented the basics of sketching and how to make simple animations, as well as the available (and free) tools that the participants can use. Below is a list of links to the different materials produced for and after the workshop:
- Mj’s intro (narrated by Mj, illustrated by me) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yg2udW0KWo
- Irene’s intro (narrated by me, illustrated by Mj) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nieIQpyN3M8
- Handout for the participants (standalone, prepared to be useful also for non-participants) – https://blogs.agu.org/sciencecommunication/2020/12/02/how-to-sketch-your-science/
- Some of the participants tweeted about their sketches and animations! https://wakelet.com/wake/pDTprcX9YOnw55oMLMlbc
With the success of the workshop, the Sharing Science team invited us to conduct a similar workshop for their seminar series on “Storytelling via #SciArt” on May 13, 2021. The workshop was again fully virtual, and the recording can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reiLrThDXMg
Once again I am teaming up with Mj to present #AGU2021 “How to Sketch Your Science” workshop, both virtual and in-person in New Orleans, Louisiana.
I just started a blog! There I want to write about science concepts that I find fun, probably most of it related to weather radar stuff. I also write short how-tos on making science art/animations, based on the workshops I’ve given for/with AGU Sharing Science and their Voices for Science Program.
Here is my contribution to AGU’s Plainspoken Scientist blog: https://blogs.agu.org/sciencecommunication/2020/08/05/drawntogeoscience-imaginations-to-animations/
Science animations / illustrations
I give a lot of seminars and slideshow presentations for work. Sometimes there are concepts that, in my head, are easier to understand if there are accompanying visuals. Most of the animations here were made for the presentations I delivered, but if you would like to use them too, feel free to do so (with credit, please!).
I’ve participated in six Skype-a-Scientist sessions with grade-schoolers from different schools. Usually I gather questions from the kids and teachers, and then prepare some drawings that answer their questions. I also like drawing on-screen in real-time for some on-the-spot questions.
Guest-illustrator for MinuteEarth
Video Illustration and Editing