• We’ve gone non-profit!
  • Syllabus for 2014 video training class
  • New #SciFund-supported paper!
  • Syllabus for 2014 outreach training class
Unfortunately, no 3D movies for Week Three of the class. No space aliens either.

Video Class 2014, Week Three

Welcome to Week Three of the SciFund Challenge 2014 video training class! Last week, we looked at planning our videos and adapting our narratives to the visual medium of video, using storyboards. This week, we’ll start shooting scenes from our storyboard. To do that we will be thinking about principles in audio recording and cinematography that […]


We’ve gone non-profit!

It brings me great pleasure to announce that the #SciFund Challenge is now officially a not-for-profit organization. After two years of planning and careful execution we’ve finally received our IRS approval. Now the REAL fun can begin.  What does this mean for scientists? You may have already assumed #SciFund was a non-profit organization. So if […]


Video Class 2014, Week Two

Welcome to Week Two of the SciFund Challenge 2014 video training class! Last week, we focussed on how to convert our science into interesting narratives. This week: how do we turn those narratives into compelling visual stories? To do that, we’ll be using a standard planning tool for film making, known as storyboarding. Also this week: […]

You'll be raising your arms in triumph at the end of Week One.

Video Class 2014, Week One

Welcome to Week One of the SciFund Challenge 2014 video training class!  With this class, we have two goals. One: to build our ability to tell compelling stories through video. Two: to help our classmates to build their video abilities. So let’s get started with both! The center of good video is having a good story. […]


Syllabus for 2014 video training class

The first SciFund Challenge video training class starts next week and we are excited! Here’s our syllabus. SciFund Challenge Class: Video Outreach 101 for Scientists Course instructors: Elliot Lowndes, Jai Ranganathan, Anthony Salvagno Course dates: November 2-December 13, 2014 (six weeks, with one week off for Thanksgiving) This short course is intended for researchers that are new […]

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Twitter Chat Storify

If you’ve never experienced a Twitter chat, it can be quite overwhelming. There are so many conversations happening simultaneously and it quickly becomes difficult to keep track of them all. Luckily there are tools that help organize those tweets and preserve them. One such tool is Storify which I use to catalog today’s Scifund Twitter […]

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2014 Outreach Class: Week Five

Welcome to week five of the SciFund Challenge outreach training class for scientists. This is our last week, sadly! But the fun doesn’t stop here, as there are lots of SciFund classes coming, as well as other ways to keep participating. Apply for our free video class, which starts next month! This week, we’ll be working […]


New #SciFund-supported paper!

I am incredibly excited to announce that a new scientific study partially funded through SciFund Challenge crowdfunding has been published. Dr. Stephen Herbert is a professor in the Department of Plant Science at the University of Wyoming. He was also part of our very first round of science crowdfunding, way back in November 2011. His […]

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Incredible science outreach!

So the 2014 SciFund Challenge Outreach 101 class is in the final dash to the finish! The best part of the class for me has been learning about all of the amazing science outreach programs that class participants are already conducting. Here are just some of the incredible things that scientists in the class are doing. […]

This bird knows the deal about outreach (click the links in the post to find out why).

Zen & Ant’s tips for Ignite and blogging success

So, my fearless co-instructors for our Outreach 101 class (Zen Faulkes and Anthony Salvagno) have been giving great outreach advice lately on social media. In case you missed their thoughts, I thought I would do a round-up via blog post. This week’s topic for the class is Ignite talks and Zen recommended a great blog resource […]

#SciFund scientists: the podium awaits!

2014 Outreach class: week 4

Welcome to week 4 of the SciFund Challenge outreach training class for scientists! Last week we focused on delivering our message through blogging. This week we’re going to jump right into the deep end and have you work on public speaking. We are going to use a very specific format called an Ignite talk. Before […]


New FREE outreach training class for scientists: intro to video

UPDATE: We maxed out on applications for the video class, so registration is closed early. Not to fret though, as we’ll be doing this class again. If you would like to be the first to know about our new classes, sign up for our e-mail list. SciFund Challenge is offering yet another outreach training class […]

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Outreach Class 2014: Week Three

Welcome to week 3 of the SciFund Challenge outreach training class for scientists! Last week we focused on crafting our message. This week we’ll develop skills to deliver that message through blogging. This week’s exercise has five parts: A) take a look at a few science blogs, B) write a blog post, C) comment on […]

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Outreach Class 2014, Week Two

Welcome to week 2 of the 2014 SciFund Challenge outreach training class for scientists! How do we craft a clear and compelling message from our science? That’s what we’ll be focussing on this week.

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New science crowdfunding article in <i>The Lancet</i>

Medical journal The Lancet has a new article on science crowdfunding. It includes several quotes from co-founder Jai Ranganathan: “Whether a project got funded or not really had very little to do with the project subject, it had everything to do with interest for the scientist and them engaging the public with their science”, says […]