To tweet or not to tweet…at conferences

20 jan Featured Image -- 931

Originally posted on The Contemplative Mammoth:

Live-tweeting, whether a department seminar or a conference talk, is one of the most powerful aspects of academic Twitter I’ve witnessed. It’s not an easy skill, but it’s worth cultivating, because it has tremendous value in bringing exciting research to a broad audience. Instead of the twenty to two hundred people in the room, you have the potential to reach thousands, and generate exciting conversations — what I often refer to as the “meeting within the meeting” that only takes place in the ether.

Live-tweeting also helps me focus more — I personally get more out of talks I tweet than ones I don’t. I sometimes refer to it as my superpower, because I have a special knack for distilling a talk into 140-character sound bites, and a high WPM to match. Live-tweeting usually gets me a handful of new followers, too, which is a good indication that folks are finding the…

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Social media, infographics en wetenschap

16 jan

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Wat is de maximale grootte die mariene megafauna (Walvissen, reuzeninktvissen) kunnen bereiken? Een simpele vraag, die niet zo eenvoudig te beantwoorden is. Onderzoekers analyseerden databases, historische documenten, data van eBay en gebruikten social media om data over de grootte van zeedieren te verzamelen en resultaten zijn gecommuniceerd via een infographic. Van dit soort onderzoek gaat mijn wetenschapshart sneller kloppen.

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De Open Wetenschappelijke Conferentie

23 dec

Al eeuwen komen wetenschappers samen om kennis uit te wisselen op wetenschappelijke conferenties. Hoewel kennis tegenwoordig met een druk op de knop per email te delen is, is de behoefte om collega’s van over de hele wereld ook live te ontmoeten en onderzoek te bediscussiëren onverminderd groot.


Wetenschappelijke conferenties worden volgens een vast recept georganiseerd. Ze duren 2-3 dagen en trekken een internationaal (wetenschappelijk) publiek. Er is een plenair onderdeel met hoogwaardigheidsbekleders en parallele sessies met presentaties en discussies en er is een posterparade waar jonge onderzoekers met een poster hun onderzoek presenteren. Soms is er na afloop een verslag, maar vaak niet. Het zijn besloten bijeenkomsten.

Wetenschappelijke bijeenkomsten opengooien? Wow, gewaagd, nietwaar? Blog van Studio Lakmoes, lees hier verder

We need clear policy on tweeting from academic conferences

11 nov


Discussion long overdue apparently. Nice comments!

Originally posted on Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week:

When Susie Maidment presented her in-progress research at SVP in Berlin last week, someone came in late, missed her “no tweeting, please” request, and posted a screenshot of the new work (since deleted).

On the back of that, Susie started an interesting thread in which it became apparent that people have very different assumptions. She, and Marc Jones, and others, were assuming that if you don’t tell people not to tweet, then they’ll know not to. Meanwhile, I, and Björn Brembs, and others were assuming the opposite: unless someone says not to tweet, you’re good to go.

Obviously this state of affairs is a recipe for disaster.  We’re all going to find ourselves giving presentations where we assume the audience will be doing one thing, but at least some audience members are assuming the other.

So the first thing to say is that we should be explicit about our…

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Not sure if you want to blog? Easy, just join The Conversation.

17 okt

Originally posted on The Online Academic:

Guest blogging and go-for-it blogging.

There are many many many blog spaces for professionals to ‘guest’ blog but you often have to be ‘invited’ by the editor of big well-established journal, perhaps once you’ve been blogging for a while you might be asked to contribute but until then… This is where The Conversation comes up trumps for you: The Conversation is a website written by professionals like you for the public audience. You write and send in your piece and professional perspective on current world topics. These news-style pieces are edited and published with clear indication of the author and their affiliations.

The Conversation is an excellent webspace that is gaining momentum and respect and I would recommend proposing a piece about something you are passionate about in your field/subject, there are many to choose from (see lower purple line in picture below), and then click to ‘become an author’ (upper purple arrow) . Screen_Shot_2014-10-16_at_15_52_47


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Cascades and Volcanoes — Are the Problems of Science in Public Discourse Getting Worse?

26 sep

Originally posted on The Scholarly Kitchen:

Thermophiles produce some of the bright colors... Thermophiles produce some of the bright colors of Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was recently visiting one of my favorite spots just outside of Yellowstone Park in northwestern  Wyoming when a long-brewing story drew my attention again. It involves a number of issues relevant to our industry — open data, science sensationalism, media reporting, and science literacy. With a new and authoritative paper from US Geological Survey (USGS) scientists out recently, it seems a good time to recap.

This all apparently began in February 2014, when a seismometer inside Yellowstone dubbed B944 malfunctioned and sent inaccurate data to a public web site that’s part of the University of Utah’s seismographic station. Soon, not only were volcano aficionados abuzz, but “end of days” types were taking notice.

Social media, which seems to facilitate cluster communication around fringe world views, accelerated matters, with Yellowstone’s park historian, who…

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PLOS: Ten Simple Rules of Live Tweeting at Scientific Conferences

31 aug

The power of mobile communications has increased dramatically in recent years such that these devices (smartphone or tablet computer) can be used productively to do science. The software applications installed on them do not necessarily have to be specialized to be useful for science, e.g., Evernote can be used as an electronic lab notebook. Twitter is a popular microblogging platform famously limited to messages of up to 140 characters and represents a simple way to express what’s on your mind to a global audience of followers. Twitter has useful real-world scientific applications, such as in disease surveillance enabling the tracking of disease pandemics, as well as the capacity to be used for the communication of science itself. Like other professionals, scientists are increasingly tweeting about their own research and the work of colleagues and sharing links to scholarly publications, laboratory results, and related scientific content such as molecular structures. Twitter can additionally serve as a catalyst in the development of scientific tools, with at least one mobile app for science coming directly out of a tweet at a scientific conference.

Read the whole editorial on PLOS Computational Biology


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