#onsci: 12th April – The Future of Science Online

Kristin: One of the topics up for discussion at Science [rewired] in May is the future of science online. It’s on my mind as Bridge8 is preparing the topic session plan.

But’s it’s also on the mind of 25 participants in the “Science Communication and the Web” intensive starting at ANU this week. The subject is part of the Master of Science Communications and examines how a web presence can be built to communicate science on line. This covers everything from traditional websites, blogs, social media platforms, images, video and includes discussion on risk and ethics.

Students are covering also hearing from guest speakers with experience in these areas, and who have managed successful online communications strategies. They will have a project to complete over the next 2 months to create science communication content build a web presence in our chosen area.

With this in mind, we felt it was perfect timing to reflect and extend this learning in this month’s #onsci. We are particularly pleased to introduce one of the subject participants, Vanessa Hill (@nessyhill) as our host for the April #onsci. Vanessa is a science communicator with CSIRO in North Queensland and has been involved in  the #NASAtweetup and#CSIROtweetup.Vanessa and lecturer Dr Will Grant have put together a great list of questions that broadens the #onsci discussion we had in February on science and social media:

  1. Is building a traditional website still a critical part of your science communication?
  2. If we are moving away from websites, is blogging critical to science communication in Australia?
  3. Should we be investing in other platforms? If it’s not blogging, then where should we be going?
  4. How do we get new or reluctant people online? How do we form new communities online?
  5. Are we communicating through the filter bubble to a wider audience, or are we just talking to each other?

 Join us this Thursday 12th April at 9pm AEST (9am GMT, 4am EST).


  1. The transcript for the April #onsci is available here (Thanks Heather!)

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