ScioDC #5: Twitter and #scicomm

Discussing the Effectiveness of Twitter for Online Science Communication

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Twitter has become a ubiquitous form of communication, used for everything from making pithy (or snarky) comments to providing live updates on events across the globe. But has its use fundamentally changed how we communicate about science? Can we evaluate how effective Twitter is as a tool for building core competencies in science communication?

Join us at ScienceOnlineDC on Wednesday, May 7, from 5:30-7:30 PM for an in-depth, interactive discussion on the pros and cons of Twitter as a science communication tool. We will hear from two particularly successful Twitter personalities, Biochem Belle (@biochembelle) and Joanne Manaster (@sciencegoddess, who will join us via webcast), as they share their experiences with communicating their science 140 characters at a time.

To help facilitate the discussion, take some time to consider these questions:

  • How do you pick which science communicators you follow on Twitter?
  • Who do you think has the best science Twitter account?
  • What’s the most creative use of Twitter you’ve seen for communicating science?

We also encourage you to bring your own tales of Twitter success or failure.  #seeyouthere

AGENDA:

5:30     Gather for pizza and refreshments

6:00     Discussion starts

7:30     Wrap-up and head to DCSciTweetUp at Irish Whiskey Public House

Eventbrite - ScioDC #5: Twitter and #scicomm

Be sure to follow the ScienceOnlineDC (@ScioDC) organizers on Twitter:

Sara Caldwell (@SciencingSara)

Geoff Hunt (@TheGeoffHunt)

Rachel Pepling (@rachelpep)

Jamie Vernon (@JLVernonPhD)

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