I will be attending Science Online London or #solo10 on September 3-4 at the British Library. The conference theme is How is the web changing science?
This conference promises to be very different from the Science Communication Conference that happened in May. In the words of an attendee of Science Online 2008 & 2009, "It is a conference which is not just about science communicators."
As a matter of fact, the conference has already begun with many participants attending two simultaneous events that took place tonight one was the tour of diamond light source and the other was a pub crawl in London (hard choice!).
I attended the diamond light source tour for two reasons, one :I do small organic molecule crystallography in my department and some of our crystals do end up going to diamond and two: it is located much closer to Oxford than London. Much of what was talked about at a short presentation before the tour can be found here and then followed a tour of the site. As the synchrotron was off, we could go and look at it from the inside and I really enjoyed the tour.
As for the conference, what I am looking forward to?
- Understanding the future of science journalism
- How to connect the various scientific resources
- The state of science blogging
- How to run a successful social media campaign for science
- How to get scientists to use Web 2.0 tools