There’s no such thing as “boring” data in citizen science

As a child I was hooked on wildlife documentaries (I still am…) and from these I gleaned that the career highlight of any self-respecting botanist or zoologist was to discover a new species. For a while that was my goal too, but then I became sidetracked by questions about genetics and evolution and conservation. Fast…

When Science meets Parliament

Last week I had the privilege of spending two days at the 16th “Science meets Parliament”. It was an eye opening experience and I’ve learnt a lot… but let me explain… Science meets Parliament is an annual event run by Science and Technology Australia (STA), the peak body representing Australian science and technology. It includes…

What we’re reading- Jan 3, 2014

You haven’t signed up for Twitter yet?! How Twitter can benefit conservation scientists (and other scientists as well!) See our tips here. Academic Life Enjoying Mohamed Noor’s take on academic life, from first hand experience with MOOCs to leading a professional society, Noor provides a unique insight into academia. Ivory destruction News reports surfaced this…

Outreach for Introverts

There is a chorus, nay a din, within the academic community telling students and principle investigators that they must engage in outreach. The argument is that some research appears esoteric when not placed in a broader context, and that communication and outreach can synthesize ideas and increase public understanding of science. Additionally, many argue that…

Tweeting to the Choir? Tips on Using Twitter for Outreach

I had known about Twitter for years, but never thought it as useful and didn’t think I had much to tweet about (I already had Facebook for my opinions). I first thought of Twitter as a professional tool when I attended a social medial talk at the Ecological Sciences of America (ESA) conference last year,…