Back in September I had the delight of being an invited guest speaker at the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge. Francis Rowland, a web developer and user experience designer for EBI, had seen my guest post for Nature’s Soapbox Science blog during the summer and invited me to speak to his colleagues from EBI and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (both organisations share the rather stunning Genome Campus) on s0cial media and how it can be used by Science researchers.
This was quite a tricky brief since I was almost an engineer and know that “science” covers a lot of wildly different bases but I aimed to raise lots of questions and areas for researchers in the sciences to think about so that they could find their own blend of social media presences. I’m leading a session on academic identity and social media at the University of Edinburgh in late November so I’m sure many of the same opportunities and concerns will be raised there.
Huge thanks to EBI for the invite and for lovely hosting and here is the presentation I gave (view it on Prezi to make that EDINA logo rather more proportionate!) – I’d love to hear your comments on it and would recommend Francis’ summary of the talk as an impressively concise record of the talk (see Related Links below).
- Original Science Soapbox Article: Geography is Social, 3rd August 2011.
- Event summary/announcement on the EBI Interfaces Blog, 1st September 2011.
- Science & Social Media Prezi as presented at EBI, 22nd September 2011.
- Superb bullet point summary of my talk by Francis Rowland, again on the EBI Interfaces Blog, 22nd September 2011 .
- Interesting piece in Scientific American (thanks to Francis for the alert on this): On Naivete Among Scientists Who Wish to Communicate, 4th October 2011.