7 December 2020

#AGU20 Sharing Science Week 1 Recap

Posted by Shane Hanlon

By Shane M Hanlon

Well, week one of the most interesting Fall Meeting I’ve ever been a part of is in the books and it was…really fun! I gotta be honest, I was skeptical. Not because I didn’t have faith in my colleagues at AGU who are in charge of the meeting (they are very good at what they do), but because I just didn’t know, even with all the fancy tech, how good an online meeting could be. I’ve been to a couple this year and they were fine. Ours is pretty great. 

One of my favorite features is the ability to watch recordings of the events/sessions afterwards, so if you missed it live, you can catch it later. So, below find a recap of (mostly) Sharing Science events and where to watch them (Note – you must be registered for and signed in to the meeting platform to view most videos):

  • Tell me a story: Storytelling in SciComm: I kicked us off with a sprint workshop science storytelling. After some brief technical difficulties (I’ve used Zoom probably over 100 times now but still had trouble with breakout rooms) it ended up being a really fun event. 
  • How to Sketch Your Science: Voices for Science Advocates MJ Riches & Irene Crisologo lead this workshop on creating science illustrations and animations. To say it was the most popular Sharing Science event of the week is a gross understatement. You can find a written summary of their session here and some amazing sketches here
  • Rhyme Your Research: Led by scicomm extraordinaire Sam Illingworth and Voices for Science Advocate Caitlyn Hall, participants learned not only about different poetic structures but also crafted their own science poems! 
  • AGU Cinema Filmmaker Panels: Discussion on scientific films: Usually, scientific films are screened through Fall Meeting in our Sharing Science room at the in-person meeting. This year, AGU Cinema selected a handful of fantastic films (that are on our YouTube channel) and hosted a panel discussion where panelists talked about each film, as well as how they got started in filmmaking, tips and techniques, and more. 

That was just week one! Here’s what’s happening this week (in rapid-fire mode): 

We hope you’ve enjoyed your meeting experience so far and hope to see you at an upcoming event!

Shane M Hanlon is Program Manager of AGU’s Sharing Science program. Find him on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok