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The science of the unexpected: improvisation for research professionals


To learn the basics of improvisation to help you respond with clarity and vividness to unexpected speaking challenges in science.






By taking this course you will:

  • Be more aware of your personal communication style
  • Be more aware of other people’s differing communication styles
  • Learn a more creative and intuitive approach to science and scientific communication
  • Learn how to deliver impactful presentations and explanations of complex scientific work
  • Know how to respond to unplanned public speaking challenges such as answering questions or making impromptu talks

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For any issue regarding attendance before or during the course, please note that you should contact the Intervals team directly by sending an email to

Related courses

Behind the scenes – small tutorial group for anyone giving oral research presentations

Técnicas actorales para la comunicación científica


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Finished editions
  • 2023 Edition 1, Trimester 2: May, IN-PERSON : 10/05/2023
  • 2022 Edition 1, Trimester 1: March, IN-PERSON : 30/03/2022


Monica Ixchel Castillo Salgado
Monica Ixchel Castillo Salgado

Monica Ixchel Castillo is a political scientist, educator, actress and dancer from Mexico. She delivers workshops on improvisation and body language and facilitates on the topics of improvisation, moonshot thinking, communication and high performing teams.