Prepping for #ESA 2017? Handy tips & links re social media #scicomm (tips, ESA policies, plus ok/not ok icons)

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We thought we’d share a couple of handy notes re social media #scicomm at #ESA2017 next week, starting with the ESA social media policy for this year’s conference. The official hashtag is #ESA2017). Use #ESASciComm if you’re joining/tracking along with the SciComm Section.

#ESA2017 Social Media Policy Highlights:

  • NO photo, video, or audio recordings during scientific sessions (talks and posters) unless you are a registered journalist. Sketching is an approved alternative.
  • Photography is allowed at social events, in public areas, and at plenary sessions.
  • Social media is opt-out. Scroll to the bottom of this post for handy icons you can use to indicate whether you’re okay with folks discussing your slides or poster on social media.

Keep reading for details and tips on these policies.

Want to have visuals for your tweets, but feeling stymied by the no-photos policy? Try sketching.

ESA confirmed a couple of years ago that sketchnotes are a preferred alternative.

Social media is awash with visual notes from other science conferences. Many of these sketches were inspired by an American Fisheries Society Fisheries magazine article penned by  Natalie Sopinka (@phishdoc). Natalie’s article succinctly distills several science illustrators’ advice for making meaningful and satisfying sketchnotes.

Want more details? See this post we published jointly with ESA’s EcoTone blog during the 2015 conference. For sketching tips, open the post and search for “Try it yourself.”

Social/new media (Twitter, Facebook and others) is op-out.

That means “the default assumption is to allow open discussion of ESA presentations on social/new media.” If you do not want people discussing/live-tweeting, etc., your talk or poster, ESA recommends you include opt-out icons on every slide or on the poster somewhere visible. 

Here are a few opt-in and opt-out icons we’ve found or created. You’re welcome to use them. Click on individual images to download and use them for your presentation and/or individual slides. Note that the most likely platform people will be using is Twitter, so if you’re space constrained, you may opt to use just the Twitter icons.

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