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Communities Happenings – 11th June

Communities Happenings is a weekly post with news of interest to NPG’s online communities. The aim is to provide this info in one handy summary. Listings include tweetups and conferences which we’re attending and/or organising as well as new online tools, products or cool videos. We also occasionally flag up NPG special offers and competitions plus updates about NPG social media activities such as new accounts you might want to follow. Do let us know what you find most useful!

#ReachingOutSci and SoNYC

On Thursday evening, we hosted the twelfth instalment of the monthly Science Online NYC (SoNYC) discussion series. For this month’s event, the topic for debate was, Reaching out of the ivory tower. To prepare for June’s event, Soapbox Science hosted a series of guest posts. Over the last two weeks, scientists, writers, enthusiasts, communicators, events organizers, policy makers, lecturers and even a comedian, shared details about how they engage and reach out to the public. Find a short summary of every guest post, plus related posts elsewhere in the blogosphere, here.

Find a Storify from Thursday’s event here and check out some of the take-home messages in the screenshot below. You can still follow the online conversation on Twitter using the #reachingoutsci and #sonyc hashtags, feel free to join in the discussion and share how you communicate science! We also live-stream each SoNYC event to give as many people as possible the chance to take part in the debate. Check out this month’s livestream, or take a look at our archives where you can view the previous meetings.

The next SoNYC event will be held in August as we are taking a break for the summer, so keep an eye on the  #sonyc hashtag for details.

The World Science Festival

The World Science Festival took place in York City from May 30th to June 3rd. If you  were unable to attend, New York blogger Jennifer Cable has reviewed some of the events:

Learning about forensics using blood splatter patterns at the WSF

Stay tuned for more event reports from The World Science Festival.

UK Conference of Science Journalists (UKCSJ) 

The second UK Conference of Science Journalists (UKCSJ), organised by The ABSW, will be held on Monday 25th June 2012 at The Royal Society, London.   You can find a preliminary programmehere. Expect a full day of discussion and debate with three key aims:

  • To discuss and debate contemporary issues in science journalism
  • To encourage and provide skills for newcomers
  • To promote professional development

You can register for the event here and you can also visit an archive of material including written session reports and video, audio and podcasts from previous meetings.


The next ScienceOnlineVancouver event (SoVAN) is all about exposing science and will take place on 12th June at TELUS World of Science. The topics on discussion will be:

  • What is open access?
  • Why is it important?
  • What can we do to make journals open access.
The panel will include:
  • Heather Piwowar a postdoc at Duke University in the Dept of Zoology at UBC.  S
  • Heather Morrison a well-known international open access advocate and practitioner of open scholarship,
  • Lesley Evans Ogden a freelance science journalist and the Vancouver media officer for the Science Media Centre of Canada.
  • Joy Kirchner The Scholarly Communications Coordinator at University of British Columbia

Each SoVAN event is live-streamed to give as many people as possible the chance to take part in the debate, so you can tune in online if you can’t attend in person. You can also check out the SoVAN website and SoVAN is also on Facebook and on Google+.


ScienceOnlineSeattle’s (SoSEA’s) next event will be co-hosted by the Seattle Science Festival and will take place on the 13th June, from 21:30 at 4507 Brooklyn Ave NE. The event will focus on Conversations About Our Changing Planet: Observations, Models and Implications. Three panelists will give short, TED-style talks on “the dynamic Earth system and climate, focusing on observations, modeling, policies and linkages to energy and regional impacts in the Pacific Northwest.”

After the panel session, in the Governor’s Room at Hotel Deca, there will also be an afterparty starting at 9:30pm.

Each SoSEA event is live-streamed to give as many people as possible the chance to take part in the debate. You can check out last month’s livestream archive and if you’re interested in stats, here are some analytics about the use of the #SoSEA hashtag.


Science Tweetups provide an excellent opportunity to meet local scientists and science communicators for an evening of chatting in the pub. For those interested in the next  #DCscitweetup, it will be held on the 26th June at the Madhatter on 18th St. They’ve reserved the Upside Down room.

For those interested in other Tweetups around the world, keep an eye on the #camscitweetup, #NYCscitweetup and the #UKSciTweetup hashtags.

Naturejobs Career Expo — London 2012

Image credit: Photo by Pete Repka

Now in its sixth year, the Naturejobs Career Expo is the UK’s largest careers fair and conference for the scientific community. It will take place this year on the 20th September at The Business Design Centre, London, UK:

The Expo promotes global career opportunities in science, be it in industrial research, research organisations or academia. It presents the best opportunities from the best organisations: public, private, national and international. Jobseekers can meet with potential employers offering hundreds of genuine vacancies. The conference plenary and workshop sessions will provide a unique opportunity to meet high profile scientists and gain careers information and advice. Over 1400 experienced UK and European scientists, in physics, chemistry, the life sciences and medical sciences, actively seeking their next career move attend.

Attendance at the Naturejobs Career Fair is free. Register online now

Events elsewhere

Our scientific events calendars have been freshly updated to include the latest scientific events. Make sure you check them out. Please do get in touch if we are missing any events or if you would like to contribute to this calendar or any of the other calendars listed below.

London Science Events

Cambridge Science Events

DC Science Events

NYC Sci Comm events

Boston Science Events

San Francisco Science Events

Paris Science Events



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