Academys Attitudes Towards Outreach Not So Good In scientists own words, science outreach is a bleakprospect with limited room for improvement. Seventy-fourpercent of respondents list one or more signiﬁcantimpediments to their ability to do science outreach, yet lessthan half have concrete ideas for how science outreach couldbe improved. Ecklund et al. 2012 PLoS One
Little Reward Structure for Outreach Scientists also perceive that they are rewarded little forscience outreach work, especially in the tenure process. Ecklund et al. 2012 PLoS One
Science Communication Exploding Online scienceseeker.org blogs.scientiﬁcamerican.com
Science Communication Exploding Online sciencepond.com twitter.com/jebyrnes/eemb
Culture of Science Fears Outreach I m not sure you want most of the people that I know here to go out and try to talk to the public. They re [the public] gonna say stop spending my tax dollars on this person! Yet only two respondents (2 percent of the sample) suggested training scientists how to be better communicators. Ecklund et al. 2012 PLoS One
Starting at Ground Zero with the Public "When somebody doesn t believe what you are doing is trueor has any value, then trying to explain to them what you aredoing, you re starting from this cultural foundation that is acomplete disconnect." Ecklund et al. 2012 PLoS One
How can Science Make Crowdfunding Work? Engagement is key If you build it, they will come.
#SciFund & Engagement • What is Crowdfunding? • Engagement & Outreach: The Keys to the Crowdfunding Kingdom • The #SciFund Challenge • Lessons and Beneﬁts of Engaging via Crowdfunding
An experiment: can scientists use crowdfundingto communicate their science and to raise money for their research?
Other Means of Engagement & Community Building Twitter: #SciFund Facebook Page SciFund Google group
Post-#SciFund Data 1. Rockethub server logs 2. Public web statistics (e.g. Youtube hits) 3. Survey of participants (80 questions)
#SciFund by the Numbers • Covered by CNN, Forbes, Scientiﬁc American, NewScientist, MSNBC, and many other news outlets in USand internationally • $76,230 raised • ~1200 donors • 10 projects fully funded • average project yield: $1556 • max project yield: $10,171(170% of original goal)
The Secret to #SciFund: Engagement Online Scientiﬁc Project presence fanbase views 1 blog post / 1 Twitter 110 project month follower views 53 Twitter 1 project 1 contributor followers view Donor Money for Funding contributions research target met Average Average 20 project contribution raised views $55 $1,600 1 contributor Friends and family 50 Facebook friends 1 contributor You need to build a scientiﬁc fanbase! It is not possible to be an overnight success!
#SciFund Engagement • What is Crowdfunding? • Engagement Outreach: The Keys to the Crowdfunding Kingdom • The #SciFund Challenge • Lessons and Beneﬁts of Engaging via Crowdfunding
How Can I Crowdfund my Science? • Build an audience for your work - Crowdfunding, Blog, Tweet, Science Cafes, etc. • Get trained in outreach - Media social network training • Work to change academic culture policy - Hiring promotion practices - Collaboration with media arts departments
A version of the 1000 True Fans Model Interest in your research Super-engaged fans that contribute $ to your research Larger number of fans that don’t contribute, but are still impacted by your science message Number of fans
Larger Beneﬁts to Crowdfunding • Build bridges between science society • Enhanced science literacy • Science incubator for new projects • Metric to assess scientists ability to connect • Look at it as funded outreach training
reaching out with science message for its own sake Broader Scientists public research cash via crowdfunding
Collaborators: Barbara Walker, Zen Faulkes Participants in Round 1: Aditya Rao, Ali Swanson, Andi Wolfe,Andrea Lucky, Barbara Walker, Breanna Putman, Chip Cochran,Daniel Karp, Daniel Mietchen, Debi Kilb, Diane Kelly, Eric Abelson,Eric Basham, Holly Menninger, Jarrett Byrnes, Jeffrey Bodwin, JenniferSchmitt, Jessica Carilli, John Gust, Jorge Mederos, Kalani KirkHausman, Katelyn Cavanaugh, Kelly Lyons, Kelly Weinersmith, KevinFomalont, Kristina Killgrove, Lee Worden, Levi Lewis, Lindsey Peavey,Luis Valledor, Luke Frishkoff, Marisa Alonso Nuñez, Marisa Tellez ,Matthew Hutchins, Matthew S. Leslie, Melia Nafus, Rebecca RashidAchterman, Robin Freeman, Ross Whippo, Scott Chamberlain,Shermin de Silva, Steve Herbert, Susan Tsang, Timothy Bonebrake,Walter Weare,Yoav Ram, Zen Faulkes