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Presentation for BCN PhD-day on May 30, 2012 in Groningen.

Presentation for BCN PhD-day on May 30, 2012 in Groningen.
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    • (micro)Blogging for scientists BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • Contents• Introducing myself• Why do I blog/use twitter?• Examples of scientist blogs• Blogging versus twitter• Blogging versus journalism• Why don’t you start a blog?• Exercises• Summary BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • Introducing myself• MSc in molecular biology at Wageningen University in 2003• PhD in molecular/neurobiology from Erasmus MC in 2008• Postdoc at UMCG (neurogenetics, Ellen Nollen); 2009‐2011• ~10 papers in peer‐reviewed journals• Quit scienceNow:• “science outreach officer” for ERIBA • Science‐journalist/communicator• Twitter: @evateuling• Blog: evateuling.blogspot.com BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • Social media• Who is on Facebook?• Who is on LinkedIn?• Who has a blog?• Who is on twitter?• Any other social media?• People have different reasons to blog/use twitter• So why/when did I start blogging? BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • Why did I start blogging?• Annoyed by bad  media‐coverage of  genetics• Article “Genetic  bullshit” published  on Sciencepalooza• www.sciencepalooza.nl(by the way, we need new  authors...)
    • Why did I start blogging? http://www.pcdi.nl/community
    • Blogs about sports and science for triathlon club
    • Personal blog as portfolio and random writing http://evateuling.blogspot.com/
    • A few examples of scientists‐blogs• Two Dutch neuroscience‐PhD‐students• A belgian PhD‐student in Delft• A climate scientist• Geekomdathetkan (a TUDelft scientist)• Next scientist, about scientist 2.0• Wetenschapper2.0 (similar, but in Dutch) BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • http://nerdoscience.blogspot.com/
    • http://brainteresting.org/
    • http://phdtalk.blogspot.com/
    • http://geekomdathetkan.wordpress.com/
    • http://www.nextscientist.com/
    • http://wetenschapper20.wordpress.com/
    • Some more interesting blogs to  followBlogs that discuss general issues of the PhD life,‐ The Thesis Whisperer‐ PhD2Published. Specific writing and reading problems: ‐ 3 Month Thesis‐ Literature Review HQ.Study Hacks BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • Why don’t you start a blog?• Most heard answers: – I don’t have time – I write too slowly – I have nothing special to tell• My reply: – Blogging doesn’t take too much time – you don’t have to write  every day – Writing for a blog is very different than writing a paper – Blogging is more like sharing thoughts – You are a scientists so you do have something special to tell! BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • Who would read my blog?• Other PhD‐students and postdocs  in your field – To learn about/from your  experiences – To read about lectures/conferences – To find out about novel techniques• General public – To read about science that is not covered in the general news and is  easier to read than a scientific article – To fullfill an inherent interest in  science BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • What can I blog about?• This cool paper you read last week but is not interesting enough for  journal club• The lecture of this great speaker that you attended yesterday• Your experiments that finally work after months of struggling• Your experiments that still not work after months of struggling• The conference that you will attend/ are attending• The lecture that you will give to students• The tricks you use to write your paper• That your paper is accepted• Your nice workout at the gym after a long day in the lab• ... basically anything ... ...but keep private and work at least a bit separate... BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • Microblogging/twitter• Twitter = microblogging: • Share your thoughts in 140 characters• Use hashtags (#) to address the topic• Follow topics by using #hashtags – Like: #PhDchat• Tweet specifically to people by using @ – Like: great paper in PNAS today about evolution of  dinosaurs... https://pnas.link.com @dinofreak• Use twitter to follow institutes/companies you are  interested in (for example jobs) – @academictransfer; @SfNTweets; ...• Use twitter to announce a new blogpost – Remind your followers of an old blogpost  that is  still/again interestingAnd many more options… BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • Sending and receiving• Twitter and blogging give room for discussion• It is not one‐way communication  BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • Exercises (workshop 1): Do not use words like Importantly or Surprisingly in your paper (heard at the grants week, at the keynote of an editor of Nature) Our lovecorner at the Nacht van Kunst en Wetenschap this Saturday Holland is beautiful in the Lecture ‘famous’ person: “Attending a lecture by Tom Kirkwood.  summer.After reading so much from him, I’m very interested in what he will tell me today.” Got introduced to John Rothwell, a very big name in the field! Mathematisation of biology The challenges of behavioural research: how to design a response time task for elderly people (the variance in response times in young healthy adults is already huge!) “Analyzing, analyzing, analyzing… Sitting whole day behind my computer is not my cup of tea, time for some action again!” Advertisement to find participants
    • Exercises (workshop 2): The rats that looked most exhausted after stereotactic  injection of 6‐OHDA in the brain, were totally fine the  next dayInteresting project meeting in Klinikum Oldenburg #Interesting paper, #Publication bias: "Publication bias hard to eliminate" ‐ http://www.ntvg.nl/publicatie/einde‐aan‐selectieve‐publicatie‐nog‐niet‐ zicht/volledig#News, #Battle against Alzheimer: "US Government sets out Alzheimers plan" ‐ Paediatric physical therapy in infancy: from nightmare tohttp://www.nature.com/news/us‐government‐ dream? A two-arm randomised control trialsets‐out‐alzheimer‐s‐plan‐1.10688 The study compared two types of intervention, how effective of therapy. I am curious whether it is necessary to ask for “the best” one to work with children, or we just need a mix-and- match as appropriate for each individual in a real clinic. My last weeks presentation in the seminar proved that practice makes perfect. Looking forward to attend the 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping next month in Beijing The installation I am presenting at the art and science night this Saturday The 24th Annual Meeting of European Academy of Childhood Disability- EACD 2012, Istanbul Turkey. The big conference in the paediatric fields of the European continent but this year is somewhat under-expectation? Why?
    • Summary BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • Blogging versus journalismQuoting James Coyne, speaker at BCN PhD‐day 2011:“Can good marketing make up for bad research? Sadly, yes.”Many papers are written with press releases and sound bites in  mind“Hype sells, sometimes more than substance, at least for a while, before the self‐correcting forces of science takes over.” The chocolate‐makes‐you‐slim‐story BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • Blogging/tweeting for other scientists  in/ outside your field• Blog about your work, highly specific• Report about conferences, meetings  and lectures• React on papers that you have read• Announce your publications, talks  and other achievements• Blog about PhD‐life, struggles and  achievements BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • Blogging/tweeting for the general public • Explain your work in simple language • Tell the story of your PhD • Tell the story of being a scientists • Write about research more generally (like a science  journalist) BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • Science journalists• They will read anything you write  (as long as you write about things  related to science)• Blogging scientists are still  scarce... BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • But does it help my research?• YES it does.• With a bit of help from your university and journalists, people  will read your blog• You will be invited to give (public) lectures, to write articles on  other people’s blogs, to go to meetings, etc...• You will get a lot of writing experience• You will broaden your network• You can discuss topics you are interested in with followers  that you would never meet in real life• And there are probably many more reasons BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012
    • Questions?• I will upload my presentation to SlideShare BCN PhD Day, May 30, 2012