Science Online 2013 Watch Party

ScienceOnline is an annual conference that looks at the role of the internet in science and science communication. ScienceOnline2013 runs from 30th January to 2nd February and people like Ed Yong, Maryn McKenna and Carl Zimmer, as well as representatives of someone of the world's leading universities and science publications will be going along.

But it's in North Carolina, so not everyone can be there in person! 

That's why we'll be streaming some of the talks and panel discussions live in Ireland's only ScienceOnline Watch Party, so that you can join the conversation. We will be showing three of the talks and inviting you to share your thoughts on some of the hottest topics in science communication. 

There will be two sessions, one on Thursday and one on Friday. Admission is free (you can register below), you can come and go whenever you like, and we encourage everyone who comes along to have a conversation about the panel discussion once it's over.  

Thursday 31st January 
3:30 - 5:00 pm - LIVE STREAM
Narrative: What is it? How do science writers use it? 

Moderators: T. Delene Beeland (The Secret World of Red Wolves), David Dobbs (New York Times, National Geographic)
"Most would agree that The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a story — two or three, in fact, woven into a single fine narrative. Yet we might argue over whether, say, Richard Dawkins' brilliant description of the rise of the "replicator" (the first gene) also constitutes a narrative; or whether a narrative requires people; or whether narrative can be driven mainly by ideas. In this session we hope to demystify what narrative is so we can better discuss how to create it."
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Friday 1st February 
1:00 - 3:30 pm - SCREENING
Why won't the science deficit model die? 

Moderators: John Bruno (SeaMonster), Liz Neeley (COMPASSonline)
"The deficit model of science is the idea that the public has a "knowledge deficit" that affects perceptions of science and scientists. The model thus assumes that science communicators can change attitudes towards science, environmental issues, etc and affect by providing more information."
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3:30 - 5:00 pm LIVE STREAM
Formal science education, informal science education, and science writing

Moderators: Emily Finke (This View of Life), Marie-Claire Shanahan (Boundary Vision)
"These three fields are distinct entities, with their own training, traditions, audiences and goals, but must they be as separate as they are? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each field and what can we learn from each other? With a shared goal of encouraging scientific understanding and literacy, we'll explore the ways teachers, science writers, museum educators and more can work together."
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