October 10, 2013 by Dr. G
After my flight taking off an hour late (the pilots were delayed getting to the airport), I’ve started my journey to another conference – a conference with an exciting topic at an exciting location! Earlier this year, I attended the ScienceOnline Climate “unconference” in Washington DC (and blogged about it, of course!), which was one of the more innovative and engaging conferences I had been to in quite some time. Now, just two months later, I’m heading to another ScienceOnline event – but this time, it is ScienceOnline Oceans in Miami, Florida. Seeing as my graduate degree is in marine geology & geophysics from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, the topic and location is a perfect fit! I was able to get a lot of information and ideas out of ScienceOnline Climate, and I have the same high expectations for ScienceOnline Oceans.
I’m starting on Friday with a pre-conference podcasting workshop called “Ocean Science in 60 Seconds (or less!).” I’ve always completed podcasting projects with students in my courses, so I’m looking forward to learning a new approach and perhaps some different ideas for class assignments, and maybe for even my own use. Friday evening is a panel discussion and dinner at the Miami Science Museum – which, sadly, I never had a chance to visit during the six years I lived in Miami (better late than never, I suppose). Saturday is a full day of technical sessions, of which I’m thinking of attending the talks that focus around oceanography outreach and use of social media (not surprising!). And I have just learned that there will be an ocean geek fashion show on Saturday night – #whatoceanscientistsdoforfun!
Sunday is going to be a real treat, as I’ll be heading out on a shark tagging trip with UM’s RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program. Unfortunately, for safety reasons we are not able to take photos while on the boat, but there will be a designated photographer that will send us photos after the trip (I hope there is one that has me with a shark to show students in class next year!).
It will be strange staying in a hotel in Coconut Grove, a location I used to visit frequently with graduate school friends to grab a movie and dinner or to go dancing. But I think I will be able to get used to it – especially with this view! (I hear the view from the hotel restaurant is even more spectacular, looking out across the water.)
But before I head out, I’m going to take the great advice offered by the ScienceOnline Climate Twitter feed: