New class: Mastering the art of poster design


We're very excited to announce a new class: mastering the art of poster design! In this class, you’ll learn basic design principles, Adobe Illustrator (powerful graphics software), and communication skills. And yes, you will make a poster! Putting together compelling posters is an essential job skill for academics. At a time when succeeding in academia is tougher than ever, … [Read more...]

#SciFund Voices: The hidden side of science crowdfunding


Scientists! What does it really take to run a successful crowdfunding campaign for your science? Recently, several scientists have written about their surprise on how their (successful) crowdfunding campaigns actually went. For these scientists, it wasn’t as easy as they expected. Do the expected rules of the crowdfunding road still apply? For this month's SciFund Voices, we’ll … [Read more...]

Sustainable Blogging

The SciFund Challenge

One of the many discussions I've had with scientists interested in blogging is the time commitment to blog. Many scientists expect blogging to be as rigorous as writing a research paper, full of drafts and edits, and very time consuming. This approach is not very conducive to blogging for the long haul. One of my best tips is to just write what you can in as much time as you … [Read more...]

#SciFund Voices: Connect your science to journalists, the right way! Panel Discussion


Scientists! How do you increase the odds that your science will be reported accurately in the media? How do you increase the chances that your research will be reported on at all? If you have been wondering about questions like this from the world of science journalism, SciFund Challenge has a panel discussion for you. For this month's SciFund Voices, we'll be interviewing an … [Read more...]

Moving Beyond a Social-Networks-Only Picture of Science Crowdfunding

Your social network is only one piece of the puzzle. How can you either a) build  many connections to other people in the world or b) build connections to organizations that have connections to many people?  

The strength of those connections is contingent on YOUR ability to connect your work to the people you communicate with.

Yesterday, Terry McGlynn over at one of my favorite blogs, Small Pond Science made some rather interesting and provocative comments about souring on crowdfunding for science due to his perception that it was all about one's personal social networks. While personal social networks were a piece of the pie as discussed in our paper, it's not the whole pie. And as have … [Read more...]