Tuesday 4th Feb, 2:15 pm
#onsci is a twitter hashtag and monthly chat session originally created to continue and extend conversations ‘on science’ stemming from the Inspiring Australia conference of 2011 (see http://bridge8.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/onsci/ for more information).
Each month, participants are invited to join a hosted hour-long twitter conversation on topical matters relating to science communication, education, policy, research, marketing and more. Interested parties also use the #onsci tag to share relevant resources and conduct conversations outside of designated chat times.
With approximately 50 participants per session (mostly Australian but also some internationals) in 25 chats, #onsci has been highly successful in providing a forum for those interested in science communication to come together, share ideas and develop their personal and professional networks. #onsci has also contributed to the development of science policy via a submission to the McKeon Review, and teaching of science communication in Australia through informal associations with courses taught at Universities and online.
This presentation will consider effectiveness of #onsci as an online community of practice around science communication, and consider how future iterations might shape the practice of science communication in Australia.