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Communities Happenings – 16th July

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! 

Science Online London 2012

Don’t forget to mark your calendars – this year’s Science Online London conference will be taking place on Sunday 11th and Monday 12th November and we’d love for you to join us! You can find out a bit more about this year’s event in our blog post and don’t forget to let us know if you’d like to be added to the mailing list (email us: scienceonline@nature.com). The first email has been sent to the list so if you haven’t received it, do get in touch.


After our summer break, Science Online NYC (SoNYC) will be back towards the end of August. The date for the next event will be announced at some point this week and will probably fall on the week of August 20th. Keep an eye on the #SoNYC hashtag for further details. You don’t have to be in NYC to take part – the event will be also be live-streamed and live-tweeted so do join us online.


The next ScienceOnlineBayArea event will be on the 17th July and the topic for discussion will be, Inside the E-book Revolution:

Gone are the days when your reading choice was simply paperback or hardcover. E-books are changing the face of publishing and reading in a variety of ways. You’ll hear from e-book publishers, librarians, and authors about how e-books are changing the marketplace for reading. Whether you’re hoping to launch an e-book yourself or just curious about how reading is changing, we have the experts on hand to introduce you to the field and answer your questions.

Presentations are followed by a panel discussion, audience Q&A, and follow-up conversation at a nearby bar (to be announced at the event). During the discussion portion of the evening, we’ll probe the challenges and opportunities of e-books. Bring your questions!

The talk will be livestreamed and you can follow the event on Twitter @sciobayarea and using the #sobay hashtag.

Science Tweetups 

Science Tweetups provide an excellent opportunity to meet local scientists and science communicators for an evening of chatting in the pub.

For those in Cambridge, UK, tonight it’s the #camscitweetup from 7pm, in the Flying Pig. All are welcome and keep an eye on the hashtag for more information.

If you’re at the other side of the Atlantic, the tenth #NYCscitweetup will take place tomorrow night from 6.30pm at the Loreley Restaurant, Manhattan. Find out more on their Facebook page.

In both cases, there’s no official program for the evenings – tweetups are simply an opportunity for people to meet, chat, share a meal and a drink and even start collaborations.

Soapbox Science – Uniting our efforts 

If you are in London today, head down to the South Bank from 12- 3pm, where you can listen to female scientists talk science as part of the #soapboxscience event. Spectators can see some of the UK’s best scientific brains take science to the streets. Soapbox Science is a one day event organised by the Zoological Society of London and the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme. They have joined forces, with the help of some of the UK’s most prominent female scientists, to bring science to the people. This event also ties in nicely with the latest Soapbox Science guest blog post on nature.com (same name, different organisations!), where Dr Seirian Sumner & Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, from the Institute Of Zoology, document the opinions and experiences of leading ladies who have survived in science:  Top Recommendations from Top Women in Science

Here we have provided a set of achievable recommendations for society, funders, employers and fellow scientists. If implemented, these recommendations could ensure that the next generations of female scientists do not repeat history and bear the same, yet avoidable, costs. We have struggled – there is no need for the next generation to fight the same battle. In a open effort to promote women in science, we are putting 13 top female scientists on real Soapboxes on London’s Southbank, on Monday 16th July. Please come and hear about their work www.zsl.org/soapboxscience – or join the conversations with us on Twitter@SoapboxScience. 

Winchester Science Festival – this weekend!

Featuring the best of Hampshire and World science, Winchester Science Festival will run from the 2oth to the 22nd of July at Winchester Discovery Centre.

Follow the festival on Twitter @WinSciFest, or check out their website for a list of events and happenings.

#UKCSJ – updated info on the website

The second UK Conference of Science Journalists (UKCSJ), organised by The ABSW, took place on Monday 25th June 2012 at The Royal Society, London.  You can find the programme here. All the session recordings are now up on the site, so do check them out. Additionally, you can find other coverage of the event on the site, including the Storify’s that we made of some of the afternoon sessions, and the clsoing plenary session of the day, “Is science journalism special?”

Olympics fun

And finally…Nature Reviews Microbiology has a fun essay that’s free for this week: The Microbial Olympics looks at which bugs would win medals in Olympics events with a scientific twist!





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