SciBarCamb conference intro game

SciBarCamb is over, but it was awesome this year! I am the worst at live-tweeting, but luckily Lou and Laura and lots of other enthusiastic Twitter-users were at hand to document every single minute of it, from the intro game to the final goodbyes, so keep an eye on the…

SciBarCamb and you

SciBarCamb will be back on April 20/21, and registration has opened (although the cheapest tickets are almost gone now) so I thought I’d explain why you might want to attend and what you can expect when you go. If you’re in a rush, you can get the gist of it…

hovercraft crafting

Hovercraft crafting at Drink Shop & Do

Earlier this month, I joined a table of fellow geeks to craft hovercrafts at Drink Shop & Do. The event was run by Science London (the London branch of the British Science Association), who regularly host science craft nights. Dan had been before, and encouraged us all to go. I…

Science offline communities

This year’s Science Online London was probably my favourite so far in terms of the variety in the programme. There were sessions about communicating science using the web, but also practical data-wrangling sessions. Something for everyone. In my session, we talked about offline communities. As much as I like how…

SCiBarCamp schedule - organising science unconferences

Organising science unconferences

To continue the previous post, here’s a summary of some tips for organising science unconferences. I covered about a third or half of this in my SciBarCamb session, but I tried to make this a bit more complete. There are really only two things you need to organise an unconference:Location…

A history of science unconferences

At the end of SciBarCamb, just before I completely lost my mind from exhaustion, I gave a talk about science unconferences. It started with a bit of history, and ended with some tips on planning your own. This post covers what I remember talking about in terms of history, and…

SciBarCamb and reclaiming the word boffins

I’m not a morning person. There are only two things that make me get up on time: fear that everything will go horribly wrong if I don’t (catching flights, last minute exam cramming), and the excitement of way too much fun (birthdays, Christmas). A combination of the two was probably…

In the works: SciBarCamp Cambridge

The official SciBarCamp website is down for maintenance. In the meantime, we’re not standing still. There is a Twitter account for SciBarCamp Cambridge, and this post contains most of the background info. We’re still looking for a venue – quite urgently at this point – so please get in touch…

Dream

I had the strangest dream last night. I don’t remember all of it, but there was a skeleton of a dinosaur with a fake nose and flamingos on it, and I was walking underneath a space ship with some people, and later a journalist poured me wine in a water…

BarCamb

I went to BarCamb this weekend. It’s BarCamp, in Cambridge, hence the name. Attilla Csordas (who also lives in Cambridge now, in case you’re trying to keep up with the physical locations of online science folks) mentioned that there were fewer scientists than he had expected. That’s because the first…