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May 11, 2012 / robertovr

Summarizing in 3 points the last 2 days in #sciplaces

It´s hard to summarize only in 3 point all the knowledge and experiences adquired in 2 interesting days surrounded by science divulgators and social media. Trying to do it in a simply way, I´m going to list 3 important facts I’ve learned:

  • Multimedia divulgation is more attractive to the public, and the technology allow us to do it in a very simple way. Encourage divulgators and science fans to do it this way! Some examples:
  • Rather than just ploughing forward without any strategy, social media works best with a carefully planned priority outline; and this also applies to science divulgation!
  • Social media communication between institutions can involve a culture change, but between people is quite natural => sometimes the best way to make institutional communication flow is throught personal communication.

And remember… science divulgation is fun 😉

Sciece divulgation is fun!

May 11, 2012 / Gavin Wray

Borut Likar summarises social media card game

Borut Likar summarises the table’s social media card game, which aimed to pull out practical steps in using social media to enhance a science festival, providing more information, places to interact and bringing people together around the festival.

May 11, 2012 / Jon Bounds

Internet memes and community

A previous version of the talk from this morning.


May 11, 2012 / Gavin Wray

Shawn and Lynsey summarise social media card game

Shawn Mayall and Lynsey Fairweather summarise their table’s social media card game, which aimed to pull out practical steps for improving social media use at the Thinktank museum and the University of Birmingham.

May 11, 2012 / catarinafigueira

Facebook – a very useful tool to spread our initiatives

Nowdays, the Facebook is the most immediate way to get to people because we feel that there is an instant feedback from them.

@ The Pavilion of Knowledge (Lisbon, Portugal) we usually use this tool to spread our initiatives and to get people’s attention to some science phenomena. We usually post twice or three times a day. Feedback from the audience depends on the subjects we are talking about.

We have a quick meeting every Mondays to pass on the potential subjects to be dealt with in the post throughout the week. We try not to exceed 5/7 lines and we always add some image or video to make the post more attractive.

Just an example:

On April we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic. We prepared a non-stop programme for families and two weeks before the event we started revealing on Facebook some of the highlights to capture people’s attention. The messages were teaser-like “Come and learn to communicate on Morse code” or “Build a boat with recyclable materials and check if it floats”.

Alternatively we also launched a quiz about Titanic’s facts that fans had to answer, just for fun, like “How many alerts did Titanic get from aeronautical authorities before crashing into the iceberg?”.  By the end of the day we posted the correct answer.

May 11, 2012 / kg_DNF

cooperations of schools, industries and organisations

Interested in partnerships?

Visit this community of praxis, where you can discuss experiences and ideas of  school-industry cooperations. How can you make cooperations between industry and schools where the pupils work with real world problems? What is the value of such a cooperation – for the pupils, the teacher and the industry? How can the companies give feedback? How can a cooperation of this kind be designed?

May 11, 2012 / Steph Clarke

RSS in plain English

A few times throughout the sessions RSS was mentioned as a way to follow lots of blogs and news feeds without it taking up lots of time. Every time it was bought up there were a few blank faces and questions about what it is.

This short video explains it very simply

RSS is a great way to bring lots of interesting articles to you and is worth you giving it a try.