Arguably, the biggest challenge we face in sharing our science and having an impact in our communities is the lack of trust in credible sources. To tackle this problem, continuing to simple share evidence isn’t enough; we need to understand the root cause.
Why is it that some people are willing to accept misinformation over the evidence produced by experts?
As I was thinking back recently to my own path through university, a particular event stands out that highlights one possible cause.
If there's one thing I can achieve through my posts, it's that you are aware of the many more ways to #ShareYourScience beyond journal articles or conference presentations. One unique way of doing this is the sticky note challenge, where you have to communicate your research topic using only one sticky note. Let's check out some examples I've found below the cut, and then I'll show you how I took my own thesis and made it a #PostItNotePhD.
It seemed so effortless, but when I tried to do it during that first conference, it was frantic - simultaneously sharing tidbits as I tried to listen and absorb new knowledge, take photos, look up speakers' usernames and relevant hashtags, and edit my final message to fit the available 140 characters (at the time).
Since then, I've live-tweeted a few more conferences, and have figured out a workflow to engage folks online without being glued to your phone and losing the value of the in-person presentation.
(Spoiler alert: It's all about the pre-conference prep!)
Personal blog for Bryn Robinson, PhD. All opinions are my own.