Social Media and Science
Today at the Science Café we’re finding out how scientists are increasingly using social media to connect with each other – and with the public. Sites like Twitter and Facebook are changing the way that scientists working in the same research area – but thousands of miles apart – can share their findings. And social media gives a whole new way for them to publicise their work to the wider world.
But are there dangers in bypassing the traditional system of peer-reviewed papers and putting your research straight out there online? And how can you possibly reduce complex ideas and years of research to a single tweet?
Joining Adam to discuss social media and science are Rob Procter, Professor of Social Infomatics at Warwick University (@robnprocter); Cardiff University psychologist and Guardian science blogger Dr. Chris Chambers (@chrisdc77); and computer scientist Dr. Tom Crick from Cardiff Metropolitan University (@DrTomCrick).
We’ve also hear from scientists around Wales who’ve taken on the Science Café challenge of summarising their work in an audio tweet of no more than 140 characters.