[ASC-list] Fwd: Social media

Bianca Nogrady bianca at biancanogrady.com
Wed Nov 20 23:55:17 UTC 2013


Sorry, I've got to comment here in defence of Sarah's suggestion. There
have been some passionate, constructive and fun discussions about the
nature of science communication and science journalism on Twitter,
moderated by @onsci and using the #onsci hash-tag.

I'm not saying that ASC should be using social media exclusively, or that
it is something everyone should be using, but it IS a valuable
communication tool and it DOES have an important place in science
communication both within the ASC and communicating out towards the broader
community.

I've got just as much out of Twitter, and to a lesser extent Facebook, as I
have from the ASC email list in terms of exploring science communication
and communicating with other ASC members.

Saying that it's just a commercial endeavour and as such, shouldn't be
touched with a barge pole is ignoring the fact that a significant
proportion of the audience we are attempting to communicate with is active
on Twitter and Facebook. To not have a presence on there, however small, is
to be missing out on a significant opportunity.

Bianca


On 21 November 2013 10:31, Susan Kirk <skirk at iprimus.com.au> wrote:

> Yeah I agree with Ian.  All the social media recommended so far has an
> individual benefit and takes the focus outside of the ASC.  Also the noise
> on social media would prohibit any real information gain for members.
>
> I like the idea of a forum attached to the ASC website.  Why? It would be
> an
> incentive for member generation.  Access to some parts, only, if your an
> ASC
> member, lots of intellectual property, our drawcard, and something we don't
> see to promote well.  Also, usually, a better search function than social
> media, topics stay in full view and if they are categorised properly they
> remain easily accessible.
>
> S
>
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> > Who doesn't like a good public lecture? How about a weekend jam-packed
> with
> > thought-provoking, awe-inspiring talks about what the future might hold?
> >
> > ASC-Victoria has teamed up with Humanity+ and the Rationalist Society to
> > bring you the two day Science, Technology and the Future conference - a
> > celebration of what the future might hold and what paths we need to
> follow
> > to get there.
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> > *Date:* 30 Nov to 1 Dec
> > *Venue: *Kaleide Theatre, RMIT University.
> > *Tickets:* $125 full/$75 conc.
> > For more information and to register http://2013.scifuture.org/
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> > *Speakers include:*
> > Professor Peter Doherty - Nobel Laureate and Immunologist
> > Professor Marcus Hutter - Artificial Intelligence researcher from ANU
> > Professor Lloyd Hollenberg - Quantum Computing and imaging; 2013 Eureka
> > prize winner
> > David Pearce - British utilitarian philosopher
> > Dr Scott Watkins - Materials Scientist and flexible electronics
> specialist
> > from CSIRO
> >
> > ASC-Victoria is hosting two special events in conjunction with the
> > conference:
> >
> > *Futurist Friday*
> > If you can't make it to the conference, or if you'd like to meet some of
> > the presenters and other conference attendees, come along to the Science,
> > Technology and Future pre-conference mixer on Friday the 29th November.
> >
> > Grab a drink and a snack and get to know the people attending the
> > conference, catch up with your colleagues or just enjoy a
> science-inspired
> > Friday night with your friends!
> >
> > *Date and Time:* Friday 29th of Nov ? 5.30pm onwards
> > *Cost:* ASC Members Free, others $7
> > *Food:* Finger food provided; drinks at bar prices.
> > *Venue:* Graduate House, 220 Leicester Street, Carlton Vic 3053
> >
> > *Panel Discussion: Communicating (and understanding) future technologies
> in
> > medicine*
> > ASC-Victoria is bringing together a panel of biomed researchers at the
> > conference to look at how to responsibly communicate discoveries in
> > medicine.
> >
> > As technology changes the world, how do we keep the public on side? How
> do
> > we communicate the potential of transformative technologies without
> making
> > promises which can?t be kept? And, as members of the public, how do we
> > check the facts?
> >
> > Join three scientists for a panel discussion on communicating the
> potential
> > and pitfalls of future technologies:
> >
> >    - Associate Professor Megan Munsie (Stem Cells Australia) the role in
> >    managing our expectations of stem cell technologies. How much of what
> we
> >    know is fact?
> >    - Dr Melanie Thomson (biomedical researcher from Deakin Univeristy),
> and
> >    prolific tweeter on the frontiers in microbiology. Does Twitter help
> or
> >    hinder the communication of science?
> >    - Dr Martin Delatycki, Director of the Bruce Lefroy Centre of Genetic
> >    Health Research on what you get when you pay $99 for your genome?
> What is
> >    the future of personalised medicine and direct to consumer genetic
> testing?
> >
> > The discussion will be deftly navigated by Dr Shane Huntington from
> 3RRR's
> > Einstein-A-Go-Go science radio show. If you've signed up for the
> > conference, this is a must-see session.
> >
> > *Date*: Saturday 30th Nov, 3:30pm
> > *Venue*: Kaleide Theatre, RMIT University.
> > This session is being hosted by the Australian Science Communicators as a
> > part of the Science, Technology and the Future Conference, 30 Nov to 1
> Oct
> > @RMIT University. There is a cost to participate in the conference.
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