I suspect a lot of ConservationBytes.com readers will be attending the imminent 25th International Congress for Conservation Biology to be held in Auckland from 5-9 December 2011 (it was to be held in Christchurch, but the venue was changed after that city fell down). I’ve now been to 3 previous ICCBs myself, and it should prove to be a good, informative (and fun) meeting.
I’ll be giving a talk or two, as will some of my students and postdocs, but I’m not spruiking those here (but you’re all invited, of course).
The main reason for this short post today is to advertise for Version 2 of our (i.e., Bill Laurance and me) popular ‘Supercharge Your Science‘ workshop. Yes, the organising committee of the ICCB decided it was a good idea to accept our application to repeat our previously successful series of presentations extolling the virtues of positive and controlled media interactions, social media and good writing techniques for ‘supercharging’ the impact of one’s science. You can read more about the content of this workshop here and here.
In this dynamic and fun two-hour workshop, we will highlight a range of strategies for increasing your scientific impact and productivity. This workshop emphasises transcending scientific audiences to engage the popular media and general public, and thus is highly relevant to the theme of SCB 2011. The workshop is divided into three parts. Part 1 is a 25-minute talk by Prof. William Laurance entitled “Reaching Out: Maximizing Your Public Impact“. In it Laurance highlights a variety of approaches for engaging journalists, getting broader recognition for your work, and becoming a science and conservation leader. Part 2, by Prof. Corey Bradshaw, is a timely 30-minute talk entitled “Using Social Media to Supercharge Your Science“. Bradshaw tells how blogging, tweeting, webzines, Facebook, and other social media can dramatically increase your ability to reach a diverse audience. Part 3, by Laurance, is an engaging 35-minute talk entitled “How to be More Prolific: Strategies for Writing and Publishing Scientific Papers“. Laurance, the author of over 300 scientific and popular articles, highlights strategies for writing better and more easily, producing dynamic research, and dealing with editors and reviewers. The symposium includes a 15-minute coffee break and 15 minutes for questions and discussion. Laurance and Bradshaw have run this workshop twice previously to rave reviews.
Apparently the workshop is free (aren’t we generous?), requires no pre-registration, and is open to all. If you want to get this side of your science pumping, but all means, we encourage you to come along.
CJA Bradshaw (also on behalf of Bill Laurance)