This course has blasted off. If you are interested in fuelling your skill set further, consider this other Banff science communication course. Learn More.


It’s no holiday in the mountains! But it is one of the most reinvigorating and supportive professional development experiences that you can get as a scientist, engineer or science communicator.

Presenting science in a way that is compelling takes skill, courage and creativity. In this two-day intensive, participants will work with the best in the business developing an audience-focused approach. You will learn to think about your content with the viewer or reader in mind. You are asked to arrive with a 5-minute presentation you’d like to improve. By the time you leave, you will have a presentation ready to shout from the rooftop! Fresh air, inspiring setting, top faculty, and hands-on help, this course might be the jumpstart you are looking for!

This is the Best of Banff Science Communications — in a weekend format!


All costs are in Canadian dollars.

$999 Tuition

$699 Meals and accommodation at the Banff Centre


$1,698 TOTAL

This is an immersive experience. The course fee includes:

– Two and a half days of instruction with one-on-one time with faculty

– Two nights of single accommodation in Banff

– All meals (two breakfasts, two lunches, one dinner, one reception)


Travel to and from Banff is the responsibility of the participant. Your registration package will include transportation options including how to get to the beautiful Banff Centre!



Please explore financial support options with your organization or company. Financial aid of $750 is available to applicants, thanks to generous support from NSERC and Genome Alberta. If you indicate need for financial support, your total registration fee will be $948.

When your application is processed, you will receive an email that confirms your enrolment, long with the course fee and information on how to submit payment.


Day 1: Friday, June 22

7 pm Introduction and Welcome Session

8 pm Art Opening Reception


Day 2: Saturday, June 23 

9 am Creative Context

9:15 am Body Over Mind

10 am Getting Started: Elevator Pitch

Noon Lunch

1 pm Personalizing the Impersonal

3:30 pm Reaching People Where They Live

4:30 pm End of Day Wrap

7:30 pm Improv Night!


Day 3: Sunday, June 24

9 am Audience-First Reminder

9:30 am Cutting Room Floor

10:30 am Visual Design AKA “Your Powerpoint does not look like your speaking notes”

11:00 am Voice Prep

Noon Lunch

1 pm Working on presentations


5 pm Wrap up

This weekend course is just what you need if you are starting to give more science presentations to wider audiences – or want to! Presenting in public requires a very different approach than presenting to scientists. Find out how to keep the quality bar high when you bring science into mainstream culture.

This course is proudly supported by: