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Saturday, February 2 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Outreach in Unusual Places

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Scio13 is a mixture of many different communities. But sometimes it feels like we are "preaching to the choir." How can we move outside traditional audiences for science and outreach, to reach new communities? Science Fiction Conventions are some of the largest and longest running large cons around. South by Southwest and Netroots Nations are some of the largest social media gatherings in the US. The hard work of bringing lots of people together is already done. How can scientists and science educators break in and work with some of those audiences to broaden the scope of our outreach efforts? Most professional science societies are still unfamiliar and uncertain about the role and/or potentially positive influence of social media on our professional activities. How can we convince them science online is a good idea?

What outreach have you done that was NOT in the context of a school, museum, or science-sponsored activity?
What is key to making a session at a non-science or non-education related conference attractive enough to get an audience?
What unexpected pitfalls to being at a non-science, non-education conference have you encountered?
Do you think you could present your research in a visually oriented format, eg graphic novel, animation?
How can you network to get a spot on a conference schedule?
Do outreach methods need to change with different audiences?
Is this all just an excuse for Bug and Emily to present science while wearing costumes?

Saturday February 2, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 8

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