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FEA Research Symposium: how to become a samurai scientist

Presentation on how to create a societal impact to your research (emphasis on social media) - given at Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (Ghent University) Research Symposium

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FEA Research Symposium: how to become a samurai scientist

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  3. 3. Purpose of presentation: - Context of societal value creation & impact - Paired with social media as specific tool Exercises at the end (also Q&A) 3
  4. 4. There’s no glory in being a stealthy asshole. 4
  5. 5. That’s not how science and even academic life works. There’s a new punch line (though not a great fan of either one) 5
  6. 6. There’s nothing wrong with being visible Besides the new punch line there is also a ‘new’ form of research > In any event: it has been given a name and attention 6
  7. 7. Buzzwords are impact and altmetrics there’s more to research output than pubs patents New tools and websites fill the void 7
  8. 8. So, even though similarities are sometimes uncanny, be proud to be a samurai and not a back-stabbing ninja 8
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  10. 10. Be firmly grounded in society Be at the service of a community Share, engage, listen, pay attention And this is where this concept of societal value creation or impact comes in 10
  11. 11. MV = zoveel meer dan wetenschapscommunicatie MV = proces dus kan ook als deel van onderzoekspraktijk zelf 11
  12. 12. Loads of possibilities at output side of spectrum (focus of rest of presentation) Cherry on the cake but not as add-on 12
  13. 13. In that respect it is important to KNOW THE YAKUZA 13
  14. 14. Go-to people Minimal requirement: deposit in Biblio open access mandate + stable URL (DOI) Website: toolbox and info is coming Resources: separate hand-out + funding Create community / network around you 14
  15. 15. A clear given in science (communication) is the digital reality. So get with it and don’t become the last samurai. 15
  16. 16. Everyone is online online is everything Remember where your audience is (public, peers, journalists, politicians, vips) 16
  17. 17. Diagram of the networked teacher Similar picture for researcher Using digital tools on a daily basis 17
  18. 18. There is now such a thing as online academic social networks this also creates expectations “if you are not online in the kind of places I review below, then you are for all intents and purposes in the modern, digital world not an active academic. “ But let’s zoom in on other social media (not stuff like Figshare, Zenodo, Zotero…) 18
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  20. 20. - When choosing your weapons keep this at the back of your mind - Then think at what you want to achieve and which socmed serve your purpose - Some examples: training at Library Lab Humanities - Aim for sybiosis and enhancement of activities 20
  21. 21. Multi-author blogs, Guest blogger 21
  22. 22. My weapon of choice ☺ 22
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  26. 26. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiiyvzZBKT8list=PL8dPuuaLjXtPHzzYuWy6fYEaX9 mQQ8oGr 26
  27. 27. I’ve already mentioned many benefits of for example Twitter 27
  28. 28. Timing and complementarity are everything But for those looking at hard evidence within the current academic climate some experiments 28
  29. 29. Let me finish with the final step in your quest to become a social samurai 29
  30. 30. Nuanced story Specifically looking at blogging and Twitter Not everyone is a fan or naturally gifted or even at ease also criticism of peers or mentors 30
  31. 31. Back to research by Nature 31
  32. 32. Are we evolving towards more of the same? Academic attention economy (cf. Kardashian Index) 32
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