Creative VrijMiBo IX ’Storytelling for scientists session 2/3 (choosing an art form)’


Feb 16 2024 (15:00-17:00)

BirdEyes (Zaailand 110 Leeuwarden)


In part two of the trilogy on storytelling we will look for different art forms to tell the story of Emma Penning’s work. We will start by sharing the storyline that we came up with after the first session in November and introduce 3 art forms to tell the story. We came up with: film, painting/art exhibition and podcast. For each of the formats we will describe an example that inspired us.

Film: Geographies of solitude, Silence of the Tides.
Painting/art exhibition: Mondriaan exhibition.
Podcast: Kinship “Plants as persons”.

In a small exercise we will discuss each of the art forms to conclude which elements are most important (e.g. vision, sound, imagination). In addition to the suggested formats, we will also add an open category to discuss format(s) that the crowd finds inspiring.

We will wrap up by evaluating the differences between the storytelling formats and discuss which art forms seem most suitable for our story.

In the third and final session later this year, we will find an answer to the questions that probably already popped up in your head after reading the previous sentences: How to actually make that happen and by the way, who’s going to pay for all that?

You are most welcome to join this inspiring and provocative quest to bring science to society. The next session takes place on FRIDAY 16 February from 15:00 – 17:00h. Snacks and drinks courtesy of BirdEyes. If you’d like to join, please sign up HERE.


In addition, we are currently organizing targeted work meetings, building on the traditions that we have developed during the Wadvogelwerk (Metawad-Waddenfonds), Kening fan ‘e Greide for many years, and the black-tailed godwit research in southwest Fryslân.

Centre for global ecological change at the University of Groningen

Birdeyes is a science and creative centre that views the world - almost literally - through the eyes of birds. More and more birds are flying around with tiny transmitters, loggers and other high technology on their backs and legs. This generates an unimaginable amount of information. By cleverly combining such data with other sources of information, and by using new ways to tell stories and share the insights with, BirdEyes strives to open up a new knowledge network. The centre aims to be an innovative part of the University of Groningen and is linked to the Rudolph Agricola School for Sustainable Development. BirdEyes, with empirical and inspirational roots in the farthest corners of the world.

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