I am delighted to hear about this year’s Science Blogging conference. Last year was really great – a superb introduction by Ben Goldacre destroying yet another hydra head on the pseudoscience monster. Lots of targeted discussions, followed by a panel.
I am really impressed by the quality and impact of the scientific blogosphere. An ou tstanding example was one blogger (I think it was Grll scientist) who was invited but who was in the USA. Her readers clubbed together and found the transatlantic fare – I certainly couldn’t count on that.
I felt guilty at last year’s event because I’d stopped blogging a few months earlier so I felt a sham. I could, however, contribute knowledgeable on the session about not feeling guilty about not blogging! And at the end we knocked together ideas about how we could promote blogging. We suggested a prize for any young scientists who convinced a senior scientist to blog. Timo and colleagues came up with a very generous prize which was a trip to SciFoo. I can’t promise that it will happen this year but why don’t you go out and do it anyway.
Blogging matters to science and science should take it seriously. One area where it is almost unique is the immediacy and power of any whistleblowing on bad science , bad ethics etc. So when Proteomics (Wiley) published a paper promtoing creationism or when Elsevier published fake journals the blogosphere made sure that people knew all about it in hours.
So come. It’s great fun. If you haven’t been to the RI it’s fantastic – worth the trip for the lecture hall alone. I can feel the great scientists, Davy, Faraday looking down.
Building on the success of last year’s Science Blogging 2009: London conference, we’d like to announce that Science Online London 2009 will take place on Saturday August 22, 2009 at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London. We hope that you can attend.
We decided to change the name of the conference this year to reflect the wide range of science-related activities occurring online today. This year’s programme will include sessions on blogging and microblogging, online communities, open access, new teaching and research tools, author identifiers, etc.
Registration will soon open on the conference website: http://www.scienceonlinelondon.org. You can now sign up to receive email alerts on the site.
There will probably be a registration fee to cover the costs. Exact amount tbc, but likely to be in the range of £10.
We need your ideas for sessions and speakers: panel discussions, keynote speakers, demos, etc. Volunteer yourself as a speaker or suggest others you’d like to hear from. Please post your ideas to the conference’s Nature Network forum, Friendfeed group, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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