Hello there! I’m Estelle Rünneburger, here at Sparks and Co for a brief internship. Biologist and evolutionist at the core, I take my first steps in communication.
Hashtags, hashtags everywhere!
The scientific twitter is full of them. If most are designed to get in touch with fellow researchers working on the same topic, some of them (okay, a lot of them) also serve to interact with a broader audience. For a non-scientific public, they are a nice gateway toward the real world of academic research, including its problems, failures, success … and games!
Interested? Yes? Great! Now, let’s find you some hashtags for…
… learning things.
Scientist love to speak about their work, what they do, what they know, what they just discover… If you are interested in science in general, but don’t want to feel too overwhelmed, why not choose daily hashtags, like #MineralMonday, #FossilFriday or #SharkSunday?
But by all means, don’t forget to have a look at #SciArt, for a lot of wonderful pictures, from old biology book drawings to outer space photos.
— BHL (@BioDivLibrary) June 20, 2017
— Andre Vandal (@avdezign) June 20, 2017
… discovering how science is really made.
Science covering in media is about progress and success, when everything goes accordingly to the plan. Scientists themselves, however, prefer to speak about all the rest, all that goes …wrong.
First, there are these … things you have to do: small arrangements with protocols, approximate timings, strange sampling strategies… Welcome in the realm of #overlyhonestmethods.
— Kat (@KatLeppek) June 13, 2017
But sometimes, there is no need of strangely designed experiments. Sometimes, everything just goes wrong all by itself. Imagine: you are in the field, in the middle of nowhere, just trying to do your job … and then #fieldworkfail happens.
— Sam Hillman (@SamGHillman) June 19, 2017
… knowing the people who do science.
Who can do science? Men. And women. And people of color. And disabled people. And, and, and… Everyone can make science, and some interesting hashtags are here to show how diverse that field can be, and to inspire future generations (#WomenInSTEM, #DisabledandSTEM, #BlackWomenInScience…).
First created as a response to the declaration of the Nobel prize Tim Hunt, stating (in essence) that woman in a lab are nothing but distraction, #distractinglysexy is widely used by women scientists showing how they work … and in what kind of outfit. I don’t know about you, but I find this spacesuit VERY attractive.
— Caroline (@carriemaryd) June 17, 2017
… discover what scientists do during their free time.
Basically, they play. A lot.
Biologists being … well, biologists, they have a strange fascination for dead stuff. So, obviously, they launch a contest for the best photo of a dead animal (the absolutely fascinating, if somewhat morbid, #bestcarcass). [Trigger warning: a lot of photos are very graphic, proceed with caution.]
— Richard Fitch (@tudorcook) January 10, 2017
And when they deal with alive animals, they wonder if they do fart (#DoesItFart), they let people decide if that animal is really a cougar (#CougarOrNot) or not, … Oh, and sometimes they got tattooed. With science design, obviously … (#scienceink)
Well, I think you can now flood your twitter with science. Welcome in the world of not-completely-so-mad scientists!
Have you seen any hashtags you think are interesting to follow? What are your favourite informative or funny science hashtags? Comment below! If you think you have some expertise to share with us why not get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org!