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During this 90 minute online RCCPII eConversation session we welcome our guest speaker, Steve Dudley from the UK, who will talk about his experience with social media for professional use in an academic setting. The session will kick off with a presentation followed by plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Steve’s talk will illustrate the rise of Twitter in particular within the global ornithology community, how they achieved this growth, and what it has meant for their research and work in general. The presentation will also include some specific “tips” slides for students and faculty interested in learning how to use Twitter in their work. Steve will also tweet his presentation and link to lots of online resources - tips, best practices, blogs, posters and research on and around using social media for your research.

We welcome participants to share their own success stories or challenges, as well as tips and tricks for using Social Media in research and education during the discussion time.

This session forms part of the Rural Campuses Connection Project II (RCCPII) Capacity Development Initiative. The RCCP II eConveration Series offers monthly online sessions covering topics relevant to researchers, support staff, and students at higher education institutions in South Africa. For more information about future sessions and other events please visit the RCCPII calendar.

About the speaker:

Steve Dudley is Chief Operations Officer at the British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU) based in the UK. Since 2012, Steve has been instrumental in establishing social media as a key vehicle for avian researchers to communicate their work. His interest in science communication has led him to research the use of social media within the ornithological community and is co-author of ‘How social are ornithologists?’ (2016, Dudley & Smart, Ibis. DOI: 10.1111/ibis.12403) and ‘Tweeting birds: online mentions predict future citations in ornithology’ (2017, Finch, O’Hanlon & Dudley, Royal Society Open Science: DOI 10.1098/rsos.171371). He is responsible for all the BOU’s social media activities and is the founder and co-organiser of the BOU’s Twitter conferences. Steve also gives workshops, seminars and lectures on the benefits of using social media for your research, and in October 2017 he presented a guest seminar at the Fitzpatrick Institute of Ornithology at the University of Cape Town. You can follow the BOU on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Weibo!

When and where?

Event is online

Fri 25 May 2018 at 11:00 AM (SAST)
Fri 25 May 2018 at 12:30 PM (SAST)