All scientific research involves attempts to resolve a mystery overcome an obstacle or solve a problem. This makes them stories with narrative potential. But most scientific papers lack basic story-telling mechanisms. This workshop will explore story-telling techniques and how they can be used in scientific papers while maintaining the scientific rigour required for the world’s top journals. Participants will be challenged to embark in an evolutionary process of their creations to rewrite and refine their texts till to a point in which “texts can only be worsened”


Vittorio Loreto
Sony CSL Paris, Sapienza University of Rome and CSHV

Vittoria Colizza


Mark Buchanan

Mark Buchanan

Mark Buchanan is a physicist and science writer  based in Europe. A former editor with the
international science journal Nature and also New Scientist, he is the author of three books and
numerous articles exploring the ideas of modern physics. He writes occasionally for the New York Times, and has a monthly column in Nature Physics.

Justin Mullins

Justin Mullins

Justin Mullins is a consultant editor at New Scientist where he has covered topics ranging from Chernobyl to the emergence of artificial intelligence. He was New Scientist’s San Francisco bureau chief during the first dotcom boom and later its Boston Editor and Technology Editor. He is a former teaching fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.


Elisabetta Falivene
Sapienza Università di Roma

Martina Galletti
Sony CSL Paris

Pietro Gravino
Sony CSL Paris

Ruggero Lo Sardo
Sony CSL Paris

Remi Van Trijp
Sony CSL Paris


Gilberto Colangelo
University of Bern and Albert Einstein Center


The workshop will last three full days, from 9am to 6pm on January 14-16, 2020.
We will not disclose details of the program in order not to bias the expected evolutionary
process of the writing.


– 3 full days of workshop (9am-6pm)
– you are willing to actively engage in the workshop and are
interested in writing something on a scientific matter
– you bring your own laptop
– you agree to release the rights for use of your whole
production at the workshop to INSERM and Sony CSL for
scientific purposes only; you will keep the intellectual
property rights on your creations
– the whole writing process will be fully monitored to gather
relevant data for the scientific investigation of the
evolutionary dynamics underlying the writing process

The workshop will be held January 14-16, 2020 at Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics Bern


Our workshop will be held at Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics, Building “Exakte Wissenschaften”, Sidlerstrasse 5, 3012 Bern.



Sew Workshop 1′ edition was held
@Institut des Systèmes Complexes Paris, Île-de-France, 113 rue Nationale, 75013, Paris, France
on January 30-31 2019.

Please, visit SEW Workshop Paris 2019 website for more!

Sew Workshop 2′ edition was held
@Complexity Science Hub Vienna, Josefstaedter Strasse 39, 1080, 
 on February 19-20 2019.

Please, visit SEW Workshop Vienna 2019 website for more!


Elisabetta Falivene
Sapienza University of Rome