I’m running a soft skills course for the PhD schools of Ecology and Evolution and of Genomics (StarOmics): Blogging and using Twitter for scientific communication. In the course of the class, I have asked the students to create a blog if they don’t have one, and write a post. It can be very specialized or very general, towards scientists, the educated public or school kids, and can be in any language (in practice, we got English and French, despite some participants expressing interest to blog in Portuguese or Spanish).
Here are their posts:
- Zoom in!, about levels of organisation in biology, on the new blog Talkbio;
- Outreach blog for Marc’s course, about the use of the MHC in population biology, on Laetitia’s existing blog (mix of English and German);
- Amphibiens trouvés dans le Chablais vaudois… about amphibians found nearby, on the new blog in French My froggy blog;
- Modelling; to what extent does ASSUME make an ASS out of U and ME? about behavioral modeling, on the new blog The loquacious bee;
- Speciation -1- Biology, reporting a journal club discussion, on the new blog Tilting PhD windmills;
- Les espèces invasives – Quelle menace pour le monde et pour l’humain ?, about invasive species, on the new blog in French Autant en emporte la science;
- Biopatina in metal conservation of archeological iron artefacts, about the microbiology of preserving archeological remains, on the new blog Biopatina;
- Can alien invasive plants be driven into areas of high protection value due to climate change?, about an article by the blog author on this topic, on Rui’s new blog;
- What is yerba mate?, explaining the cultural relevance of this plant and how the author wants to improve its cultivation, on the new blog Helping yerba mate;
- Lipids in evolution: at the origin of cellular life, about the role of lipids and the Lipid-world theory, on the new blog Lipids et al.
Overall, a large diversity of tones and targeted public, from scientific colleagues to the general public, from very technical to quite activist. All of them have managed to provide a nice combination of personnal tone and scientific content, in these various ways.
I look forward to seeing these blogs bloom and develop; hopefully at least some will continue after the course!