Science Communications Course in the Tundra (7 days)

Wed Oct 17 to Tue Oct 23, 2018, Churchill, MB

Chances like this do not come around every day!

Secure your spot in this rare professional development opportunity. The skills and experience gained will enrich the career of any scientist, thought leader or communications professional. This course may be of particular interest to scientists and communicators with a focus on biology, climate or the environment.

This week-long experience mixes the best of science communications training with immersion and hands-on experience on the subarctic tundra. You will spend a week in close quarters (there may be bears outside!) with some of the world's top science communicators, including award-winning writer and broadcaster Jay Ingram and former editor-in-chief of Scientific American, John Rennie. Add to the mix world experts on topics ranging from polar bears to public engagement in science, and you have yourself one heck of an eye-opening week!

This is a mix of world-class professional development with once-in-a-lifetime adventure travel. All arrangements are for you made by Beakerhead in collaboration with Frontiers North Adventures and the science-based conservation organization Polar Bears International.

All costs are in Canadian Dollars. This is an immersive experience in a remote location.
$3,000 Tuition
$2,050 Meals and accommodation (seven nights)
$1,750 Transportation (return flight, shuttles, tundra buggy)
$6,800 Total

Subsidy of up to $1,200 is available for those requesting financial support, bringing the total course fee to $5,600.

The course fee includes:

- Roundtrip flight from Winnipeg to Churchill
- All ground transportation in Churchill and on the tundra

- Two nights accommodation in Winnipeg on first and last night
- Two nights shared accommodation at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre
- Two nights shared accommodation at the Tundra Buggy Lodge with Frontiers North Adventures with two full days of private Tundra Buggy adventures
- All meals for the duration (six breakfasts, five lunches, five dinner, one reception)

- sessions and one-on-one with faculty members
- partnership programming with Polar Bears International

- exclusive viewing of subarctic wildlife, if they so desire to show themselves

The course fee does not cover travel to and from Winnipeg.


Jay Ingram was co-host of “Daily Planet,” the hour-long prime-time science program on Discovery Channel, 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 is now involved in producing TV stories for Discovery Channel, writing and giving talks (some with a rock band). He has written 15 books, and received numerous accolades and awards for his outstanding contributions to the popularization of science. He has received six honorary degrees, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and 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.


Day 1: Travel to Winnipeg

4:00 pm Check in to Winnipeg Airport Four Points Sheraton

7:00 pm Introduction and Orientation Session

8:00 pm Art Opening Reception

Day 2: Travel to Churchill

7:30 am Flight to Churchill, transfer to Churchill Northern Studies Centre

10:00 am Room check-in

10:30 am Intro Session: Creative Context for Science Communications

11:30 am Audience First: Reaching People Where they Live

Noon Lunch

1:00 pm Elevator Pitch

4:30 pm Tour of the military installation

6:00 pm Dinner

7:00 pm Painting Party in a Science Lab (TBC)

Day 3:

7:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Personalizing the Impersonal

11:00 am Interview skills

Noon Lunch

1:00 pm Story structure

4:00 pm Tour of Churchill

6:00 pm Dinner in Town at Polar Bears Intl House

7:00 pm Fireside chat/Improv night

Day 4:

7:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Visuals: Your slides are not your speaking notes

10:00 am One-on-one sessions with faculty

noon Lunch

1:00 pm Rehearsal time

2:00 pm Participant presentations!

4:00 pm Depart for Tundra Buggy Lodge

6:00 pm Dinner

8:00 pm Guest Presentation and Reception

Day 5:

7:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Half on Buggy 1, Half on Tundra Buggy tour

noon Lunch

1:00 pm Half on Buggy 1, Half on Tundra Buggy tour

4:30 pm Arrive at Tundra Buggy Lodge

6:00 pm Dinner

8:00 pm Evening presentation

Day 6:

7:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Tundra Buggy tour day

6:30 pm Flight to Winnipeg

Day 7:

7:00 am Breakfast at Winnipeg Airport Four Points Sheraton

Depart from Winnipeg to your next destination!


For more information:

Contact Name: Carolyn Wallington
Phone: 4038708457
E-mail: carolyn (at)

Additional Contacts & Websites:

Mary Anne Moser, moser (at)


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