The Alda-Kavli Learning Center
The Alda-Kavli Learning Center for Science Communication seeks to become the leading online resource for information and training in science and health communication, uniting research and methodology from institutions and individuals throughout the world. A partnership between the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and The Kavli Foundation, the Learning Center serves scientists, medical professionals, students, and the public with opportunities to explore, learn, and practice communicating effectively about science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine.
For registered users, the site also offers collaborative discussions and real-life examples of science communication in action. We hope to expand the capacity of this learning tool over time and serve a wider audience of science and health communicators. If you have a suggestion for a new site feature, please contact us.
The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science empowers scientists and health professionals to communicate complex topics in clear, vivid, and engaging ways; leading to improved understanding and engagement by the public, media, patients, elected officials, and others outside of their own discipline.
The Center was formally established in 2009 with support from Stony Brook University, Stony Brook School of Journalism, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and is located at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York. Training methodologies, including improvisational theater exercises, are inspired by the empathy, clarity, and vivid storytelling brought to life by Alan Alda and hundreds of experts on Scientific American Frontiers, a television show that promoted new discoveries in science and medicine.
The Alda Center’s steering committee and faculty includes individuals with specialties in: science, technology, engineering, math, medicine, journalism, communications, theater, and other art disciplines. This multidisciplinary approach to science communication training helps trainees reconnect with their own creative potential and tap into innate connections that come alive naturally when people recall a passion for their work.