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SC27/EOS16 ECS

Rhyme-your-research I: Composition (co-organized)
Convener: Samuel Illingworth  | Co-Conveners: Esther Posner , Tim van Emmerik 
Tue, 19 Apr, 12:15–13:15 / Room -2.85
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Poetry is one of the oldest forms of art, potentially even predating literacy. However, what on Earth does it have to do with science? One is usually subjective and emotive, whilst the other (for the most part) is objective and empirical. However, poetry can be a very effective tool in communicating science to a broader audience, and can even help to enhance the long-term retention of scientific content. During a two-part session, we will discuss how poetry can be used to make (your) science more accessible to the world, including to your students, your professors, your (grand)parents, and the general public. Part I will focus on composition (i.e. how to write a poem) and Part II will focus on performance (i.e. how to recite a poem).

Writing a poem is not a particularly difficult task, but writing a good poem requires both dedication and technique; anyone can write poetry, but it takes practice and process to make it effective. In this session, experienced science-poets will discuss the basics of poetry, before encouraging all participants to grab a pen and start writing themselves. We aim to maximize empowerment and minimize intimidation. Participants will have the opportunity to work on poems that help to communicate their research, and will be provided with feedback and advice on how to make them more effective, engaging and empathetic. Those who wish to do so may also recite their creations during the “EGU Science Poetry Slam 2016”.

Those wishing to learn how to best recite their poetry will also be encouraged to attend the accompanying session. Whilst participants are not required to visit both sessions, a limited number of places is available in both, based on a first-come, first-served basis.