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The second Brain Research Twitter Conference #brainTC will take place on the 8th March 2018. Our keynote tweeters include the Organization for Human Brain Mapping @OHBM, Aude Oliva @AudeOliva, Aina Puce @aina_puce, Rebecca Saxe @rebecca_saxe, and Sophie Scott @sophiescott.
Neuroscience making an impact
The goal of research is to understand the world and to use that understanding for a positive impact on our lives. Neuroscience still struggles to bridge advances on the molecular and cellular level with system-level neuroscience in a way that would explain how the mind works. Yet, much of the neuroscience research has direct clinical relevance. We hope that #brainTC will be able to highlight novel research that makes, or has the potential to make, an impact both in terms of applications and the core understanding of the brain. We call for submission of abstracts of brain research where neuroscience is making an impact.
What is a Twitter conference?
A Twitter conference is a virtual conference that takes place on Twitter under the hashtag #brainTC. Just like a regular conference, #brainTC will feature both keynotes and research presentations, but the talks will be delivered via a series of tweets under the conference hashtag. The conference removes the hassle of travel by allowing scientists to meet and interact using Twitter. Check last year BrainTC at braintc.aalto.fi/2017/ .
What if I don’t have a Twitter account?
Don’t worry, it’s easy to make one and get started with Twitter. Here are some links with useful tips.
How do I join?
You can join either as a participant or as a presenter. As a participant, you follow the conference hashtag on the day, and you can also ask questions from the presenters. As a presenter you present a short (max 6 tweets long) presentation about a research project you have done, similar to traditional posters and conference talks. Find out more at https://brain.tc/how/
16.1. Registration and abstract submission open
8.2. Abstract submission closes (midnight, latest time zone on earth) DL extended! 16.2. Abstract submission closes (midnight, latest time zone on earth)
25.2. Program with presenter-specific time slots is announced
8.3. Twitter conference
Rules & guidelines
- Organisers will allocate accepted proposals into a programme, and give each presentation a 15-minute time slot.
- Each presentation consists of no more than 6 tweets. Each tweet should have the official hashtag #brainTC, and be numbered (see example presentation below).
- Tweets can contain pictures and even links to sources or papers, but the presentation should be understandable by reading just the tweets.
- The audience can comment and ask questions from the presenter using the official hashtag. The main discussion should happen before the next presentation begins. However, discussions may continue even after the conference.
- After the conference, the presentations (just the six numbered tweets) will be collected into a proceedings (Storify), along with author and title information.
See the Help page for an example presentation.
- Use TweetDeck etc. so that you can follow multiple streams simultaneously. As a presenter, you might want to make a column for notifications and another for the conference hashtag.
- You should draft the six tweets of your presentation beforehand, so they are ready to be sent when your slot opens (they meet the Twitter character limit, images have uploaded etc.)
- You can pace your six tweets of your presentation to be slightly apart, to give people time to read and understand them, rather than sending them all at once in the beginning.
- The presenter “chairs” the discussion during their time slot, by choosing which comments and questions they answer.
- Just like at regular conferences, be prepared for asking and answering questions. If your presentation is about a study that has been published elsewhere, it is a good idea to include a link to the publication in the presentation (a link in a tweet takes up only 23 characters).
Dimitrios Pantazis, twitter: @pantazismit