Using social media to advance your research

Yesterday I had the pleasure of talking to a group of PhDs and post-docs at the UBC Faculty of Medicine career day. These are the slides I used (I clarified the title in the talk itself; I didn’t come up with the eCommunications title originally, but they released the poster before I could have them change it — not a big deal by any means, but here, I’ve used “social media” to make it a little more descriptive.)

Some rough notes are messily attached to the Slideshare if you click through, and, after the session I followed up with an email saying this:

Hi everyone, I really appreciate the time you all took to come to the session on communications and social media for research today. I hope that at least some of it was useful or inspiring in some way. If you want to follow up with me with ideas or other questions, please don’t hesitate to send me an email.

I’ve posted the slides from today on SlideShare: While you’re there, search for presentations relevant to your research. You never know what you might come across.

In response to the question about further training, I mentioned there are free introductions to lots of social media at Social Media University, Global (SMUG). The name is tongue in cheek, but it’s produced by the Mayo Clinic director for social media, Lee Aase, and the content is tops. (If you hover over the curriculum tab, you’ll see a drop-down menu with different topic options like Twitter, Facebook, blogging, etc.)

Also, someone asked me about where to find a list of conferences in specific fields, which I didn’t immediately know the answer for. This site, Research Raven, looks promising: They’re based in the States, though, so they may not have as much Canadian content as we’d like them to.

Finally, I heard from one of the students over email tonight that there is some deal of concern about the time issue. We didn’t touch on that much after my talk, but recently there was a series in Scientific American called “Social Media for Scientists” that you may find helpful. Part 2 directly discusses spending time on social media, and the whole series goes to some lengths to demonstrate the value proposition of participating in social media: I hope you find it helpful.

Good luck!


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