The following is a set of workshops and lectures offered by Jill Scott. If you are interested in any of these workshops then please contact Jill Scott directly.

1) Storyboarding Science

By Jill Scott, Marille Hahne and invited guests
Duration: 5 – 10 Days
Limit: 25 Participants

This workshop aims to give scientists and science communicators from all disciplines the basic knowledge to collaborate on documentary films and help them to humanize science through the medium of film and interactive media. It includes storyboarding and storytelling skills, semiotics, critical discussions of film examples and basic production and editing techniques by invited filmmakers. Film students are also encouraged to participate.

Jérémie Gindre Cocoa Sasabroah

Cocoa Sasabroah

Theme: Education of target communities (specifically farmers, young children, African communities)

Content Synopsis: This film was produced during the interdisciplinary Rigi-workshop for scientists and filmmakers “Storyboarding Science” in November 2016. The idea was to produce a bluetooth-ready video about the cocoa swollen shoot virus (a viral disease of cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.)) which can be shared by Ghanaian cocoa farmers on mobile phones. However, as we know that information spread in the cocoa sector of Ghana happens largely through the radio, we decided to produce a song which should be a stand-alone product that works to convey the educational information about knowledge and prevention of the disease. In addition, we then produced a video clip which could be shared on mobile phones, e.g., at farmer field days, etc. to stimulate implementation on the ground.

Scientists and Filmmakers: Christian Andres, Lisa Lee Benjamin, Ian Clark, Anouk N'Guyen, Lydia Zimmermann

Workshop Leaders: Prof. Dr. Jill Scott, Prof. Marille Hahne, Dr. Samer Angelone- Alasaad, Julia Daschner, Daniel Lang

Copyright: 2016 SCNAT and Life Science University Zurich

Jérémie Gindre Habitats


Theme: Ecology and climate change problems (specifically biodive rsity, invasive species, behaviours of species, agriculture and food production)

Content Synopsis: The world around us is changing. Climate change is modifying environments around the world, which in turn is driving species to alter their behaviour as they adapt to the new challenges. ‘Habitats’ explores the interaction between a species driven from its original range into a new one inhabited by another species.

Scientists and Filmmakers: Rich Baxter, Seraina Cappelli, Yuanyuan Huang, Rassim Khelifa, Robbie l'Anson Price, Christina Welter

Workshop Leaders: Prof. Dr. Jill Scott, Prof. Marille Hahne, Dr. Samer Angelone- Alasaad, Julia Daschner, Daniel Lang

Copyright: 2016 SCNAT and Life Science University Zurich

Jérémie Gindre Lumiéres


Theme: Imaging techniques (generally micro and macro worlds and how to combine them)

Content Synopsis: Light is everywhere. Light is life. Light enables knowlege and science. The experimental film "Lumières" introduces us to what is revealed by light: structures, forms and colors. Both with microscope images and spoken thoughts on light and enlightment, the film tries to approach imaging in science and light in an essayistic and poetic way.

Scientists and Filmmakers: Juan Pablo Busso, Johanna Diener, Noemie Frezel, Natascha Jankovski, Clémence Roggo, Yvonne Weber

Workshop Leaders: Prof. Dr. Jill Scott, Prof. Marille Hahne, Dr. Samer Angelone- Alasaad, Julia Daschner, Daniel Lang

Copyright: 2016 SCNAT and Life Science University Zurich

Jérémie Gindre Walking through Complexity

Walking through Complexity

Theme: Complexity: The transfer of complex cellular and molecular ideas in science (specifically neuroscience, perception, sexuality and hormones, behaviour of bacteria) / medicine: exploring the health impacts (specifically cancer, brain function, HIV, human trials, stem cells)

Content Synopsis: The complexity inherent to most biological processes can be very difficult to grasp. This movie represents a different take on molecular processes that happen inside the cell. We aim to explain HIV infection and the molecular basis of cancer to a lay audience in a fun, engaging way, without sacrificing scientific accuracy.

Scientists and Filmmakers: David Beauparlant, Franziska Heydenreich, Jonathan Hug, Lauriane Nallet, Nicolas Rodrigues, Rita Saraiva, Anja Wolf

Workshop Leaders: Prof. Dr. Jill Scott, Prof. Marille Hahne, Dr. Samer Angelone- Alasaad, Julia Daschner, Daniel Lang

Copyright: 2016 SCNAT and Life Science University Zurich

Former workshops include: Kulturama Film and Neuroscience workshop (2013), The Singapore Science Center (2014) and Platform Biology, Switzerland

2) Enhancing sensory perception for Artist and Designers

By Jill Scott and invited neuroscientist
Duration: 2-3 Days
(including one day for students to work on a specific research parts in partner groups)
Limit: 20 Students

This workshop is a unique blend of sensors systems lab exercises from Neuroscience, electronic media, digital art and design exercises and body awareness experiments designed and taught by Jill Scott. It is designed to not only educate students in neuroscience and cognition, but to help them work in a unique way with users or their interactive viewers in the actual process of construction. It focuses on the stimulation of three neural systems, the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS), the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the Automated Nervous System. The aim is to help artists and designers think differently about sensory stimuli past old fashioned interaction ideas of cause and effect, and to understand cross-modal sensory interaction. The following themes are explored:

Sight | Observation, saccade movements, blink and light reflex reaction, the blind spot, visual acuity, eye dominance, visual impairment and photoreceptor adaptation.

Taste | Understanding taste receptors, relation of taste to visual, olfactory response, trigeminal (hot, cool). Mechanical contributions to “sapictive” perception, location, distribution and thresholds of taste.

Smell | The act of odour detection, smell and taste, adapted nostrils, somatic mapping, chemo-sensors and the role of cilia.

Touch | Touch Reception, distribution of touch receptors, tactile discrimination, temperature, pressure and vibration.

Sound | Deafness, localization and eco-location, inner ear interpretation and action potentials, bone conduction and substitution.

Proprioception | Balance and sound reflex, relative position and tactility, Movement and mind body centring, sight and the sense of the bodies edge. Smell and movement. Environmental effects on the body. Students attend lectures and work in pairs to develop unique approaches to media art and digital design interaction processes.

Comments from participants in Saarbrücken, Germany
"Very good, things I learnt here were not connected in my mind before now."
"The content of the course was amazing and I learnt a lot from their own neuromedia experiments. I totally recommend this workshop."
"I enjoyed every part of this 3 day workshop. It was a unique chance to learn about how the percepts works and it gave me tons of ideas for new media art."

Former Workshops include
School of Visual Arts NY (2013) | Rutgers School of Art (2014) | Nan Yang University, Singapore (2016) | Tasmanian School of Art (2017) | University of the Arts (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien), Department Digital Arts, Vienna, Austria (2018) | Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, Saarbrücken, Germany (2019)

3) Redesigning Nature

by Jill Scott and Invited Ecologist
Duration: 1 Day
Limit: 20 participants
(participants work in groups of 4-5)

Originally designed by Christoph Kuffer (ecologist) and Jill Scott (artist). How are artists and designers representing the changing relationships between humans and “nature” today? This workshop is for both scientist and artists, about the challenge for ecosystems to be adjusted through targeted new design concepts. How do we deal with climate change, urbanization, invasive species, or ecosystems eutrophication and the fundamental anthropogenic changes that these cause? Using drawing and brainstorming techniques, the science students work with ideas like: intervention ecology, re-wilding, resurrection ecology or assisted migration and reconciliation ecology.

Former Workshops include
Monte Verita: Conference on Ecological Novelty ETHZ (2011), The ETHZ Integrated biology department Summer School Zurich (2014)