Springer Nature Storytellers hosted an event at Berlin Science Week in which five researchers on the front lines of discovery shared true stories about life behind the science. We asked each of the storytellers to tell us what it was like to communicate about their research in a more personal way. Listen to the stories they told and read more about what they learned from the experience.
Masanori Nakayama studies the molecular mechanisms of angiosarcoma. In our interview below, he describes his experience with Springer Nature Storytellers—including why it's best to go with the flow rather than memorize your whole story.
I've planned outreach activities at the Japanese embassy for Japanese kids living in Berlin and took part in that event.
I prepared a manuscript for it with Skylar (The Story Collider) and tried to memorize it.
To be honest, I forgot most of it (ha!) but I managed it just as well live, if only a bit different.
The responses from [the] audience were more positive than I expected.
If you try to memorize every single word, this is not a good idea. The actual event is very lively and it's best to be off a script.
Masanori Nakayama is a bio-medical scientist working on the molecular mechanisms of angiosarcoma at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Germany. His research interest is in angiosarcoma and his group is aiming to develop a new therapeutic strategy against angiosarcoma based on his personal experience.