How to Be A Social Media Wizz: Top Tips for Researchers

I have written a Buzzfeed post of the 10 top tips I have gathered from science communicators, universities and science writers in the US and Canada... click on the image below to be taken through to the guide. I hope you find it useful.

This list was compiled as I undertook my Churchill Travel Fellowship. I also wrote up some good example case studies and how to plan a social media engagement strategy on the LSE Impact Blog

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone that supported me and met with me during my Fellowship. Everyone I met was so open about discussing what they do.

I was worried that people wouldn't want to speak openly to a stranger who was external to their organisation but that wasn't the case at all. Every single person I interacted with was incredibly welcoming. Their thoughts and views have definitely impacted on me and how I will approach everything in the future. Many discussions included not only the focus of the sharing of science and engagement with science on social media but more general discussions around the nature of scientific discovery, evolution of science communication as a field and chats about life in general. I've created a happy photo collage of some of the amazing people I met. It doesn't include everyone as sometimes we got carried away chatting and I forgot to take a photo.

A special thanks goes to the University of Aberdeen and to Lou Woodley who helped support my Fellowship. Lou also helped me edit my Buzzfeed  :) and it was great to meet up with her and the Trellis team in Washington D.C.

Just to summarise this part of my Fellowship covered:
  • 4 weeks
  • 5 cities (2 countries)
  • 10 Museums/Science Centres
  • 37 interviews
  • 310,000 steps
  • 400 tweets
  • 8 blog posts
  • 2 (and maybe a bit) bags of Cheetos

It was an incredible experience and I really can't thank those that I met enough. The Churchill Trust Fellowships are open for applications this year. So you should take a look.


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