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Online Science Communication Workshop and Networking Field Trip

April 12, 2012

Tuesday April 10, 2012

This event consisted of a full-day workshop and field trip for TerreWEB graduate students. The morning session began with a workshop introducing online tools and outlets for science communication, led by UBC students Tyler Nelson (Integrated Sciences) and Tim Shah (SCARP). Some of these outlets included the blogosphere and social networking sites. Here, students gained  an understanding of the importance and opportunities in developing an online identity and sharing their research and other content via social networking. Students created a blog page and learned some basics in blog writing, particularly in a science communication context.

This was followed by a student field trip to the headquarters of two TerreWEB collaborating organizations in the Lower Mainland:


BC Ministry of Environment – Surrey Regional Office


The host organizations informed the students of the mission of their organization and the work that they do (with an emphasis on communication), and also informed them of possibilities for direct student-community collaboration via internships.

With the help of Tyler and Tim, TerreWEB students applied the skills they learned in the workshop by writing a blog post about their experiences with each of the collaborators. These visual and written experiences were shared with the collaborators and UBC community.

Many thanks to UBC Mix for providing funds to make the field trip possible!

Links to the TerreWEB Students Blog Posts can be found below. Check out the Current Students page for more information about our TerreWEB scholars.


TerreWEB Student Blog Posts

Claudia Goodine – http://humbleconvictions.blogspot.ca/

Ryan Davis – http://blogs.ubc.ca/biochar/2012/04/12/communicating-science/

Carmen Emmel – http://doichipy.blogspot.ca/

Federico Osorio – http://blogskwjii.blogspot.ca/

Sandra Banholzer – http://sabatest.blogspot.ca/

Gesa Meyer – http://ubcbiometstudent.blogspot.ca/

Amanda Mathys – http://aterreweb.blogspot.ca/

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