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Science Online NYC (SoNYC) – April feedback and May’s event

Last month we were delighted to “launch “:http://blogs.nature.com/u6e5b2ce1/2011/03/17/announcing-science-online-nyc-sonyc Science Online NYC (SoNYC), a monthly discussion series for anyone in and around New York who’s interested in how science is carried out and communicated online.

Our first event covering the theme; “Courting controversy: how to successfully engage an online audience with complex and/or controversial topics” was a big success. Not only did we have over 80 attendees, but we also live-streamed the event and live-tweeted. You can still watch the video archive here if you haven’t seen it yet.

We also created 3 Storify storyboards to archive the highlights of the twitter conversations around the event – there were more than 600 tweets using the #sonyc hashtag!

You can read blog posts discussing the event “here “:http://www.science3point0.com/themothergeek/2011/04/23/sonycs-courting-controversey-its-all-about-the-context/ and here. Please let us know if you’ve written a post about the event so that we can include it.

This month’s event will take place on Monday 16th May and will discuss whether scientists are anti-social when it comes to online tools and social networks for work:

The sharing of information and materials is an integral part of the scientific process. Many communities have found that online tools can greatly enhance this sort of sharing, but the scientific community appears to be lagging behind when it comes to the adoption of social software, even though scientists have embraced various digital tools as part of their regular workflow. Why the disconnect? Our panel will discuss the technical challenge of creating social media software for researchers, the difficulty of attracting a scientific audience, and why it’s so hard to get a group of scientists to agree on anything.

Panel to be announced shortly.

If you’d like to attend, please register via our Eventbrite page – we’re strictly limited to 100 attendees. Plus you don’t want to miss out on a name badge!

If you can’t attend in person, we’ll be streaming the event live here and you can follow it on Twitter using the hashtag #sonyc.

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