Communicating Space Activities Using Visual Stories

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Location:  Adelaide Convention Centre, Riverbank Room 1

Schedule: 10:00-16:30

Participants: 30 people


About the Event

On the Sunday prior to the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), SGAC will be organizing a workshop on visual communications and storytelling as a means of communicating space activities.

The aim of the workshop is to unearth the creative potential of those active in the space industry, and familiarize space professionals with  visual media tools, and different types of art that could be used to communicate ideas and concepts from the space sector to different stakeholders including the general public. This workshop also aims to bring together a network of individuals interested in art/science, communication storytelling and social engagement to help share ideas and develop new collaborations.  


Format and Tentative Program

The workshop will be held on 24th September starting at 10 am, and will be divided into two main segments: a series of talks and demos from experts, followed by a hands-on story board development session.

The workshop will aim to answer the following questions:

  • What is the art of storytelling?

  • What are the main factors that determine a good story?

  • How creativity and different types of visual art forms can be used to convey your message to your audience?

  • How your space story can be told using different visual aids and creative communication techniques?

As part of the hands on portion of the workshop, the participant will form teams to develop solid story ideas that they can use to communicate some of their current projects. Moreover, story boarding and some of the open source communication tools available will be introduced to the participants.

The preliminary programme of the workshop is available below. Note that this programme will be updated regularly and the speakers and topics might change due to the updates.

Start End Topic Moderator
10:00 10:15 Opening Ali Nasseri
10:15 10:50 Current challenges of communication in Space Industry and the future of communication Athiye Jawad
10:50 11:30 Importance of art, creativity and storytelling in the space industry Forrest Stearns
11:30 11:45 Break  
11:45 12:30 Hubble: Communicating a story Prof. Claude Nicollier
(Swiss Space Center, EPFL)
12:30 13:10 TBD Wael Bazzi
13:10 14:00 Lunch  
    Interview on art and science (recorded) Simonne Jones
    How I use art and creativity in the space industry and humanitarian activities? (recorded) Nahum Mantra
14:10 14:40 Storytelling 101 Athiye Jawad
14:40 16:00 Group Activity (Story boarding a space project or the future of space activities) Group Activity
16:00 16:20 Presentation of the Outcomes  
16:20 16:30 Wrap-Up and Take aways  

How to apply

If you are interested participating, please fill this form before 10 September 2017. We are now accepting additional applications until the capacity of the workshop is filled. We encourage you to be detailed about why you are participating and how this will help you in your future endeavors.


  • This workshop is open to students and  young professionals from 18 to 35 years old. More experienced professionals with expertise in this are are welcome to attend as observers; however, they should contact the organizing team for further information. 
  • All participants should be present for the whole duration of the workshop.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all 30 spots are filled. 
  • The workshop will have a fee of 10 euros. Selected participants will receive a separate email to complete their registration.  The registration fee has been waived thanks to our workshop sponsor.


Application Timeline


Applications open

10 August 2017

Applications Close

10 September 2017 Still open

Payment information and final program

10 September 2017




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