Work through activities and videos at your own pace to create a ‘Zine’ style magazine about your ecological research and work.
Zines are simple, self-published magazines or leaflets which can be used to communicate complex and emotive issues, and to facilitate discussion. Zines can allow ecologists to think of different ways of presenting their work through text and visuals, developing resources which invite audiences to engage with heavy or contentious issues within their area of work.
Our self-paced online course covers the history of zine-making, different zine formats, prompts to help create a zine exploring your area of work/research and instructions on how to create your own zine.
Who is it for? The course is suitable for any ecologist interested in exploring how to communicate ecology in a visual way. Previous drawing or art experience is useful but definitely not essential.
Format of delivery: BES Members can access the course now via the BES Members Area! This contains self-paced online course using videos, written instructions and worksheets to work through at your own pace. The workshop can be done in 15 to 30-minute time slots to suit varied schedules and can be completed in approximately 2 hours (although you may want to spend more time on your zine).
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Do I need any equipment? Just a pen and paper! Scissors and glue are useful but not essential. Optional extras: coloured pencils or pens, paint, ink, tape, glue, old leaflets or magazines you can cut up, digital materials you can print and cut up, anything else you can use to make a mark on paper or which you can stick flat on to paper.
Training provider: Hana Ayoob
I am a trainer, producer and speaker specialising in science communication and public engagement, with a background in zoology. I have worked with science festivals, patient societies, universities and other organisations to develop hundreds of resources and events for the public. I am also an illustrator and enjoy injecting creativity into science communication and public engagement. I am particularly passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion within science which led me to co-found Minorities in STEM, a network to support BAME individuals working/studying in STEM fields.
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