Roll up, roll up – the ScienceOnline2013 programme is out

By Grant Jacobs 15/09/2012

Come and get it folks!

The ScienceOnline2013 programme is out. Browse it, pick sessions and line yourself up for registration, which kicks off Monday 17th September. Be warned that registration is, apparently, like fashionistas queuing the door of their fav store for the sale to open. A truly mad register-dot-on-the-hour thing. Those from outside the USA in particular should note carefully the registration times. Registration is $US200, $US100 for students.

This unconference features on-line science in all it’s forms and draws in a broad range of people interested in science communication from high school students to old-hand science writers who have dozens (hundreds?) of articles or several books to their name. Both science communication professionals and scientists with an interest in science communication are present.

As you’d imagine it’s well networked. You can follow them on Twitter, @scio13 or use the #scio13 hashtag, FacebookFriendFeed or Google+.[1] Enough? Even more is in links at the end of Bora’s unconference article – recommend reading if you’re interested in the meeting, as it backgrounds the event.

You’ll be able to see who has registered and chat on-line. In fact the on-line chatter continues on well after the event, more-or-less throughout the year until the next round… Community-building is a large part of the aim, of course.

If you can’t make it, you can follow the action on-line – as I’ve done for several years now!

I’ve been invited to co-moderate the session on non-academic careers,[2] so maybe I’ll make there in person this time?![3]

I’ve placed a condensed version of the program in an appendix, below.


1. For whatever it’s worth, I prefer twitter (for all it’s limitations).

2. Here’s some (not all!) of my posts on this topic:

Science PhD career preferences surveyed

Career paths, redux — the academic research career is the exception

On alternatives to academic careers and ’letting go’

’Other’ career paths — #IamScience

Scientists’ other lives

Universities and (lack of) showcasing use of science degrees

Advice for students heading to university

Career pathways for NZ science Ph.D. students

3. Just for the record my suggestion, a session on Editing and Editors, didn’t make the cut. I’m one of the those people who look for what’s not said. I can’t but help note a lot is said about science and writing, but little about editing and editors.


The conference programme in precis – for descriptions of the sessions and the questions they aim to address, see the full programme. (It’s long!)

Hands-on teaching Pre-Conference Workshops:

Sketchnoting/Scribing – Perrin Ireland
Draw your own Science Comics – Katie McKissick and Maki Naro
Monitoring and analyzing one’s effectiveness on social media – Lou Woodley and Laura Wheeler
Special effects and visualization – Henry Reich and Kalliopi Monoyios
Designing Effective Visualizations with R – William Gunn and Carl Boettiger
Stop Talking, Start Making: Rapid Media Prototyping – John Pavlus and Rose Eveleth
Maps for journalists, writers, and scientists – Tim De Chant and Andrew Hill

A dozen (or two) of 15-minute superfast Blitz talks will be offered.

The Thursday, Friday and Saturday main conference days have 70 unconference-style sessions, including:

Scientific Storytelling: Using Personal Narrative to Communicate Science
Moderators: David Manly and Jeanne Garbarino

The Impact of Electronic and Open Notebooks on Science
Moderators: Kristin Briney, Anthony Salvagno

Tackling science denialism with a systematic game plan
Moderators: Emily Willingham and David Wescott

The Game Changer: Games for Science Engagement and Education
Moderators: Erik Martin and Cameron Pittman

Thinking Beyond Text
Moderators: Ben Lillie, Rose Eveleth

Changing The Public Face of Science
Moderators: Allie Wilkinson and Katie Pratt

Science online and rethinking peer review
Moderators: Ashutosh Jogalekar and Jarrett Byrnes

Mixing Science with Politics: The Promise and the Peril
Moderators: Eric Michael Johnson and Mo Costandi

Science Ebooks: Building the Community
Moderators: John Timmer, Carl Zimmer

Dialogue or fight? (Un)moderated science communication online.
Name: Emily Willingham and Janet Stemwedel

Broadening the Participation of Diverse Populations in Online Science
Moderators: Alberto Roca and Danielle Lee

How much “I” is “TMI”?
Moderators: Jacquelyn Gill and Hillary Rosner

Leading scientists towards openness
Moderators: Antony J Williams and Sean Ekins

Spies, Spacemen, Seamstresses, and Sailors: What Science Writers Can Learn From Genre Writing
Moderators: Maryn McKenna and David Dobbs

Narrative: What is it? How science writers use it?
Moderators: T. Delene Beeland and David Dobbs

How can the science of science education inform communication about science?
Moderators: Sandra Porter and Andrea Novicki

Accessibility for All Audiences
Moderators: Michael Lombardi and Lyndell Bade

#Hashtags in the Academy: Engaging Students with Social Media
Moderators: Lali DeRosier and Stephanie Willen Brown

Writing About Science for Kids (and Former Kids)
Moderators: Liz Heinecke and Elizabeth Preston

Using altmetrics to tell the full story of your research impact
Moderators: Jason Priem and Elizabeth Iorns

The Art, Craft and Business of Freelancing: Best Practices and Worst Problems of Your First Day, Month and Year
Moderators: Maggie Koerth-Baker and Charles Choi

Explanatory journalism, &%$£ yeah!
Moderators: Mark Henderson and Ed Yong

Impressions Matter: Embracing art & design in research and science communication
Moderators: Holly Bik and Liz Neeley

What Happens When People Start Taking Your Online Ramblings Seriously
Moderators: Miriam Goldstein and Holly Bik

Everything old is new again: using stories from the past to enlighten current events in science
Moderators: Greg Gbur (“Dr. SkySkull”) and Tom Levenson

Opening Doors: Science Communication for Those that Don’t Care/Don’t Like Science
Moderators: Tom Levenson and David Ng

Using Science Fiction to Make Scientific Ideas Accessible
Moderators: Annalee Newitz and Jennifer Ouellette

We are who we are? Who are we? Issues of identity and the internet.
Moderators: Kate Clancy and Scicurious

Blogging in Grad School: Pros, Cons, and Potential
Moderators: Jason Goldman and Katie Pratt

Lightwaves and Brainbows: Seductive Visual Metaphors at the Intersection of Science, Language and Art
Moderators: Cedar Riener and Michele Banks

Distilling Ideas: Communicating Science with Comics
Moderators: Maki Naro and Katie McKissick

Why should scientists ‘do’ outreach? (part I)
Moderators: Miriam Goldstein and Matt Shipman

Title: Helping Scientists ‘Do’ Outreach (part II)
Moderators: Karen James and Meghan Groome

Science and medical blogging at institutions: How to avoid being that kind of corporate blog
Moderators: Henry Scowcroft and Rachel Ewing

Communicating Science Where There is No Science Communication
Moderators: Marie-Claire Shanahan and Colin Schultz

Formal Science Education, Informal Science Education and Science Writing
Moderators: Marie-Claire Shanahan and Emily Finke

24/7 Health: The role of mobile technology in healthcare
Moderators: Pascale Lane and Peter Lipson

Animating Science
Moderators: Rose Eveleth and Mindy Weisberger

Inject some STEAM below the STEM – get in at the roots!
Moderators: Emily Coren and Glendon Mellow

“They said what?!”: Fighting bullshit in the scicomm ecosystem
Moderators: Brian Switek and Carl Zimmer

Working Towards Better Press Releases: What Do Writers Want?
Moderators: Nadia Drake and Peter Edmonds

Chemophobia & Chemistry in The Modern World
Moderators: DrRubidium and Carmen Drahl

How do you actually get a book written?
Moderators: Katherine Sharpe and Maria Konnikova

Outreach in Unusual Places
Moderators: Bug Girl and Emily Finke

Into the Unknown: What we don’t know, and how to talk about it
Moderators: Maggie Koerth-Baker and Maryn McKenna

Why Won’t the Science Deficit Model Die?
Moderators: Liz Neeley and John Bruno

Science Art as Science Outreach
Moderators: Maria Walters and Katy Chalmers

Never Tell Me the Odds! (Part Deux, Asteroid Field Edition)
Moderators: Cedar Riener and Matthew Francis

What’s News in Citizen Science? Perspectives, People, Projects, and Platforms (part I)
Moderators: Darlene Cavalier and Caren Cooper

Citizen Scientists and Ethical Research (part II)
Moderators: Kelly Hills and Dr. Judy Stone

Sticking with it for the long haul: Building community and maintaining long-term engagement in citizen science (part III)
Moderators: Holly Menninger and Caren Cooper

Open access or vanity press?
Moderators: Zen Faulkes and Chris Gunter

Hands-on math
Moderators: Matthew Francis and Evelyn Lamb

Science Blogs Are One Hard Drive Crash From Oblivion: Or, How do we go About Preserving Science Blogs?
Moderators: Trevor Owens and Brian Russell

Blogging for the long haul
Moderators: Scicurious and Zen Faulkes

Covering cancer causes, prevention and screening
Moderators: Jeff Niederdeppe and Hilda Bastian

Alternative Careers ARE the Mainstream! Taking Your Degree to a New Level
Moderators: Kevin Zelnio and Grant Jacobs

Persuading the unpersuadable: Communicating science to deniers, cynics, and trolls.
Moderators: Cara Santa Maria and Melanie Tannenbaum

The World’s Largest Explainer
Moderators: Blake Stacey and Khadijah Britton

How to make sure you’re being appropriately skeptical when covering scientific and medical studies
Moderators: Ivan Oransky and Tara Smith

Telling Visual Stories with Data: A Guided Tour of Data Visualization
Moderators: Lena Groeger and Peter Aldhous

Did Anybody Look At This !*%&#%@* Press Release?
Moderators: Karl Leif Bates and Charles Choi

Public Statistics
Moderators: Mark Chu-Carroll and John Allen Paulos

Summing it Up: The Data on the Cutting Room Floor
Moderators: Yana Eglit and Mindy Weisberger

Citation Data and Altmetrics for Historians and Social Scientists
Moderators: Heather Piwowar and Eric Michael Johnson

Life in the Venn — What Happens When You’re Forced to Wear Many Hats?
Moderators: Mireya Mayor and Ed Yong

(Far too many) other articles on Code for life (and did anyone read this far?!):

More science communication goodies in the wake of ScienceOnline2012

Seen in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Banished from science writing. Words, that is.

When the abstract or conclusions aren’t accurate or enough

Communicating complex and post-normal science to the policy maker and the public — lessons from New Zealand

Three kinds of knowledge about science journalism

Of use of the active voice by scientists

Media thought: Ask what is known, not the expert’s opinion

What should be taught in science communication courses?

Science blogging in the New Zealand media

0 Responses to “Roll up, roll up – the ScienceOnline2013 programme is out”

  • Do you mean that the website is depreciated and that the site is preferred?

    Anyway, I’ll update it!

  • Advice via twitter for those hoping to register:

    “Tip for #scio13 Registration: Payment is thru PayPal. May be faster if you have account set up beforehand. Or pay as guest w CC w PayPal”

    (I have to admit I’m not quite sure what the last sentence means! H/T Karyn Traphagen.)

  • Sorry if that was not clear! 140 characters is sometimes not enough. PayPal has an option for people to pay without having a PayPal account. A vendor (in this case, ScienceOnline), would rediredt a purchaser to PayPal with a specific amount to pay. Once on the PayPal page, with the purchase details showing, you can either login to your existing paypal account to pay OR set up a new PayPal account to pay OR pay as a “Guest” where you don’t register, but you pay with a credit card and PayPal handles the transaction for us.


  • Ah! There I was thinking that ‘CC’ (credit card) was ‘cc:’ (carbon copy), as in email. No wonder it made no sense to me…

    Thanks for the clarification.

    You’re right that 140 characters is sometimes not enough, although I am sometimes impressed with what some people can cram into that space. (Perhaps they’re writers who’ve suffered years of editors sending their copy back saying “make it shorter”?!)

  • Remember how I was saying registering is like a fashionista frenzy… this tweeted by Ed Yong, who has been to plenty of ScienceOnline events (he’s co-moderating the last session of the 2013 too):

    Remember, 1st batch sold out in 45s last yr RT @kTraphagen: Times for #scio13 registration are: Mon 9 am, Thur 2pm & Friday 11pm (all EDT)

    You read right: 45 seconds.

  • Tip from Karyn Traphagen (via twitter):

    “Tip for #scio13 registration: Have answer for “What’s the most pressing question you want to have discussed at ScienceOnline2013?””

    (I’d check the programme while you’re at that; there’s a ‘condensed’ version in the appendix above.)

  • Also (also from Karyn):

    “Tip for #scio13 registration: Have a 300 x 300 px image ready to upload for your namebadge.”

    (This is, apparently, part of a later step after you’ve paid and have secured your spot.)

  • Oh, dear. There’s also a twitter pool for guessing how many seconds the first 100 places will take to sell out. Ed Yong is shooting got 28 seconds, Maryn McKenna 35. Use the #scio13guess hashtag.

    Me. Ahhhh……. hmm. Last year was 45 seconds, right? They claim to have a better registration system. Hmm. I’m going to sneak under Maryn for 34 seconds.

  • Tip for #scio13 registration: we want a pic for your nametag like your Twitter avatar so ppl can match “real life” you w your online persona

  • A map to locate #scio13 community members (via Karyn via Twitter):

    And growing! RT @ShipLives: Where can you find the #scio13 community? Check out this map: Impressive, ain’t it?

    FWIW I’m not on it yet, despite having used the hashtag.

  • It seems I am on the #scio13 map after all – hidden “underneath” the marker for Geneious. (Both of our locations differ from this marker – Geneious is in Auckland in the upper portion of the North Island, I am in Dunedin in the South-East area of the South Island. Aimee’s marker, by contrast, is accurately placed.)

  • There’s an update to registration that I suggest those still hoping to register read:

    Note in particular,

    Thursday registration: opens at 2 p.m. EDT, with 75 seats to fill, first come, first served.

    Friday registration: opens at 11 p.m. EDT with 50 seats to fill, first come, first served.

    Beginning Sat, Sept. 22 (or after the Fri window fills, whichever happens first): we will open a waitlist form, with names entered into a lottery for the remaining 25 registration slots. We will close the entries for the lottery on Friday, Sept 28, 5pm EDT, and will award the lottery seats on Saturday, Sept 29 at 5 p.m. EDT.

    Then, the waitlist will remain open until January 15, 2013. As conference seats come open, we’ll offer those seats as we can (not exactly in order, but close, since it depends on when you tell us a cut-off date for learning of a seat might be).

    The lottery gives you a place, not the cost!

  • From Karyn:

    “Dear everyone. Pls do not email about #scio13 registration problems. I know! I am working on alternative for final seats”

    (She earlier tweeted that she got, wait for it, over 2500 emails in the initial 30 hours of the meeting registration period. And you think your in-box is overflowing…)

    For those who have registered, there is a questionnaire for you! –

  • From Karyn – “In case this wasn’t obvious. You must register for #scio13 w same name & email that you use for lottery. No multiple personalities pls 🙂 ”