Science and Social Media

This term Engage: Social Media Michaelmas is hosting a number of talks from Oxford’s science community, providing insight and advice on how to use digital technologies for public engagement, impact, and academic networking. Places are limited – sign up now to avoid disappointment.

Communicating in a flash
Tuesday 22nd October
12.30-13.30 | Sian Owens, Department of Physics Access Officer
Flash Talks are short 10-15 minute long presentations in front of a live audience that can be filmed and posted online (e.g. Oxford Podcasts, iTunesU). They are a great way to engage University research with wider audiences. Come along a learn about how the Department of Physics produced one of Oxford’s most popular flash talk series, then develop your own!
More info and booking: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENAI

Blogging and tweeting for reluctant academics
Monday 4th November
12.30-13.30 | Dorothy Bishop, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology
Both Twitter and blogging are frequently misunderstood by those who don’t use them, Professor Dorothy Bishop explains why she finds both mediums useful in academic life, as well as enjoyable; their advantages, and the benefits they offer as an alternative to academic publishing.
More info and booking: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENAM

Oxford Sparks – share your passion with the wider public
Tuesday 5 November
12.30-13.30 | Annabel Cook, Science Communications Officer. Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division
Oxford Sparks is the place for discovering a whole range of exciting science taking place across Oxford University. Launched in 2012, it is a cross-divisional platform where schools and the public can engage with the university’s scientific research. Come along and find out how you can use Oxford Sparks to reach a wider audience.
More info and booking: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENAN

The Open Science Training Initiative
Monday 11th November
12.30-13.30 | Sophie Kay, founder of the Open Science Training Initiative
This talk introduces the Open Science Training Initiative (OSTI), a dynamic new educational scheme devised and piloted earlier this year at the University of Oxford.
More info and booking: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENAD

Communicating Science
Monday 18 November
12.30-13.30 | Robert Simpson, Zooniverse team, Department of Physics
This talk will highlight some notable and interesting approaches to communicating science online and then ask why scientists do it, and why the public want to listen.
More info and booking: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENAJ

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