2 July 2012

Call for abstracts: Social media at AGU 2012

Posted by Jessica Ball

You may remember that at last year’s AGU Fall Meeting, I gave a talk about the challenges and rewards of science blogging. Well this year, I’m going to be co-convening a session with Simon Schneider of AGU’s Public Information Committee!

Since joining AGU’s blogging network, I’ve been involved with various different facets of online science communication, although my Twitter use is admittedly a little sporadic. But the AGU geobloggers are just a small sampling of a growing group of science communicators, and we’re hoping at this year’s AGU to hear from you about your successes and advice. So why not submit an abstract to my session? Here’s the lowdown:

PA007: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr: Science Communication Gone Social – The Social Media 101

Sponsor: Public Affairs (PA)
Co-Sponsor(s): Earth and Space Science Informatics (IN)Education (ED)
Conveners: Simon Schneider, GEOTECHNOLOGIEN, Jessica L Ball, SUNY University at Buffalo


“Politicians do it! Companies do it! Even religions leaders are getting more and more involved in communicating via the so-called social medias. But science bloggers, research tweets or institutional Facebook pages are not as wide spread as one might expect.This session provides information on how to start, which resources are to taken into consideration and how to develop a social media strategy. We want to set a focus on evaluation methods as well as on impacts to science communication and the “”public image of science””.We invite all Scientists and Researchers, Students and faculty members to contribute to this session: from Facebook to Flickr, from Slideshare to Youtube, from Pinterest to Google+.”

This is just one of several social media sessions that are being sponsored this year. There is also one about Social Media and Blogging, a session about using video to communicate science, and even a Union session about dissolving boundaries between science, the media and the public.

Please consider submitting an abstract! The submission deadline is August 8, 2012; abstract submission guidelines may be found at http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2012/scientific-program/abstract-submission-policies/