February 25, 2014 by Dr. G
I’m off to my third Science Online meeting for the academic year – and this one has the potential to be the best one yet! In August 2013, I attended ScienceOnline Climate in Washington DC, and in October 2013, I attended ScienceOnline Oceans in Miami, FL. Now I will round out my year of diving in to science communication at the national conference, ScienceOnline Together. Tomorrow morning, I’m heading to Raleigh, NC, to join ~400 other faculty, students, post-docs, government employees, museum educators, science journalists, etc., etc.
In the afternoon, I’ll be joining eleven other lucky conference participants for one of the conference field trips – a Walking Tour of the Downtown Raleigh Stormwater Tunnels. As a geologist, I couldn’t be more excited – how much fun is this going to be??? The only disappointing part is that rain is in the forecast tomorrow morning in Raleigh, and with water running down in to these tunnels, we may not be able to go underground. In any event, this is sure to be very educational, and it is certainly something I have never had the opportunity to pursue in the past.
I have already gone through the schedule, and I’m pleased the conference is using sched.org – I really like this program and find it easy to review and track how I am going to spend my day at the conference. I’m doing a workshop during the conference as well as attending a range of sessions, from science literacy to communicating the process of science, to organizing online communities and events.
I’m going to try my best to keep blogging at the end of every day to capture and report on all that I have learned, but I’m already exhausted just thinking about all that I will be exposed to! Look for the hashtags #scio14 and #sciox on social media. As you can imagine, a conference on science communication will be doing alot of… well, communicating!