This is a singular immersive residency experience for mid-career and advanced professionals interested in science and society. Working with some of the world’s leading science communicators, participants explore different media with the goal of fostering a more engaging role for science in public culture. Participants return to their professional practices in science, media, research, or other realms transformed by ideas and confident to provide leadership in the advancement of science communications.

Chances like this do not come around every day!

This nine-day experience mixes the best of science communications training with immersion and hands-on experience in the Canadian Rockies. You will spend an intense week immersed in one of the most beautiful mountain towns in the world with some of the world’s top science communicators.

Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged! The welcome package will provide an orientation, packing list and all details you will need.



This is no holiday in the mountains. It is an immersive residency program and designed for people interested in creativity in communicating science. To succeed in this course, applicants should:

1. Have demonstrated commitment to Science Communications. For example: you have a blog, you teach science, your job requires you to communicate science etc.

2. Be motivated to advance their skillset through creativity in Science Communications.



Tuition                              $4,500 ($500/day)
Accommodation          $1,736 (mandatory for residency programs)
Meals                                $842
Course fee                      $7,078
30% Subsidy                  $2,100 (supported by generous partners)
                                              $4,978 (plus GST)

Additional scholarships of $1,200 are available for those requesting financial support. Please indicate financial need on registration form. You will see the total cost before your application is submitted.

Transportation to and from the Banff Centre is not included in the price of tuition.



Jay Ingram was co-host of “Daily Planet,” the hour-long prime-time science program on Discovery Channel Canada, for 16 years. He has worked in almost every mass medium. He hosted CBC’s “Quirks and Quarks” for 12 years, was contributing editor to Owl magazine for five years, and wrote a weekly science column in The Toronto Star for 12 years. He also gives talks with a rock band. He has written 16 books, and received numerous accolades and awards for his outstanding contributions to the popularization of science including six honorary degrees, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Jay was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2009.


John Rennie is deputy editor of the science magazine Quanta, where he oversees its biology coverage. He is best known for his 15 years as editor in chief of Scientific American. During his tenure, the magazine won two National Magazine Awards. In 2013 Rennie was the host and creator of the TV series Hacking The Planet on The Weather Channel and has made dozens of other television appearances. Since 2009, he has been an adjunct instructor in the graduate Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University, and he is a member of the faculty of the Beakerhead Science Communication program. In 2000, Rennie received the Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science from the Council of Scientific Society Presidents.


Mary Anne Moser has built a career where art, culture and science intersect. She has worked as a journalist, an award-winning designer and was the founding editor of Banff Centre Press. She started the Banff Science Communications Program in 2005, Canada’s Iron Science Teacher competition in 2007 and was member of the start-up steering committee for the Science Media Centre of Canada, launched in 2010. She is the editor of two books on science in society: Immersed in Technology (MIT Press 1995) and Science, She Loves Me (Banff Centre Press 2011). She is CEO and co-founder of Beakerhead, a major collaborative art, science and engineering spectacle. She holds a BSc in zoology and an interdisciplinary PhD.

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What past participants are saying:

“It’s one of the most useful things I’ve ever done in my work life.”

“Thank you for the experience of a lifetime. The program exceeded my expectations and I will be going back to my “real” life with a completely new perspective.”

“I absolutely loved it and wish it wasn’t ending. I feel energized about my work in a way that I never have. The combination of the faculty, sessions, hands-on experience and group work was both informative and empowering.”

“Before I came here, I felt lost, at a crossroad of my life. Not sure what else I can do outside science. After two weeks, I feel happy about what’s going to unfold in my life.”

“Worth three years of experience.”

Photo: Nicolas Davila