04/05/2020 - 06/05/2020
We are excited to announce the 6th annual World Seabird Twitter Conference #WSTC6! This is an opportunity to learn about seabird research and conservation around the world from the comfort of your home, office, or field station. #WSTC6 will take place 4-6 May 2020.
The first five years of the World Seabird Twitter Conference were a great success. During last year’s edition the hashtag #WSTC5 was used 3,400 times by 700 contributors, with a potential reach of over 1.3 million users (try fitting that into a conference hall!). We had over 100 presenters tweeting about their work from over 20 countries, some even presenting in multiple languages, and people got involved from all around the world by asking questions, re-tweeting and following the presentations, making it a truly global event. You can have a look at the map of hashtag use here
What is a Twitter conference?
A Twitter conference, as the name suggests, takes place on Twitter. During the conference, each presenter gets 15 minutes in which to tweet out four tweets about their topic. By following the hashtag specific to the conference (#WSTC6) the tweets can then be seen by people from all over the world. Just like at a normal academic conference it allows you to present your work, catch up on the work of others and network with people in your field – but with the added benefits that it is all completely cost- and carbon-free and you reach a much wider audience.
How do I participate?
If you are interested in being a spectator only, you just need to search for the Twitter hashtag #WSTC6 to see all posts related to the conference. There will also be session-specific hashtags allowing you to follow topics you are particularly interested in and a programme will be published where you can find the times and titles of all presentations. You are also encouraged to get involved and interact with the presenters and other spectators! In this case, you need to get a Twitter account if you don’t already have one – which can be easily done at www.twitter.com (see next section for how to get started with Twitter).
Interacting by asking questions, re-tweeting and liking the tweets is an incredibly important part of the conference. You can either do this live during the presentation times or use the breaks between sessions to reach out if you didn’t manage to do so during the session. When asking a question, please direct the tweet at the individual using their handle and use the hashtag #WSTC6.
For more info: https://blackbawks.shinyapps.io/WSTC6/