Hello SpotOn people

I’m at SpotOn (formerly Science Online London) and I’m meeting a lot of people, but everyone asks me what I do, and I keep giving the wrong answer. Not because I don’t know what I’m doing, but because I don’t know which answer people want. So, I thought I’d write this, and then I’ll put the link on Twitter, and you can pick an answer. They’re all true, but there is bound to be one that’s more interesting to you than the others, and I keep picking the wrong one…

Q: “Eva, what do you do?”

A1: “I work in publishing. The main part of my job is managing a publisher-run community site for developmental biologists, but I’m more broadly interested in ways that researchers use journals and related tools. I am that person who, at the conference, asked about the long-term viability of Twitter as an alternative metric, and I questioned the practical aspect of decoupling peer review, considering that the pool of reviewers across journals is redundant. I think a lot about the online behaviour of scientists and I’m excited about all the ongoing changes in the ways that researchers communicate their work.”

A2: “I’m a science blogger and writer. I used to do more freelance, but now most of my writing is for work, and I blog at different places. My most recently popular blog post was about crowdfunding, but I also have a blog post in the current edition of “The Best Science Writing Online”. A bunch of my older things are elsewhere on this page, in my writing portfolio. I’m currently working on a book proposal about scientists and musicians, but am a bit stuck. Talk to me about music!”

A3: “I tend to find myself on stage a lot. I love speaking about all kinds of things, but I also play violin. I’m more confident about speaking than music, though! Later this week I’m speaking at Ignite London about the scientific discoveries of composers.”

A4: “I do a lot of general science communication things. I’ve organised several events for scientists, mainly SciBarCamp unconferences. I love getting different people together to find their shared interests. I’m a big fan of community driven projects, and if you see me at a policy event, that’s usually my motivation behind it: I’m a science hippie.”

A5 (added later because I just completely forgot that this is relevant….) “I have a PhD in biochemistry from Toronto. I worked on mechanisms involved in the synthesis of the skin pigment melanin. Before that I studied chemistry and pharmacology in Amsterdam.”

So, that’s what I do. One of these is probably related to something you do. Let’s talk!