SKM 2023 – scientific programme
HL 27.4: Invited Talk
Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 16:00–16:30, POT 81
Under the Microscope -- spotlighting materials and nano science — •Svenja Lohmann and Pranoti Kshirsagar — The Science Talk, Germany
Real Scientists Nano is a science communication project dedicated to materials and nano science. Despite the widespread relevance of materials science to everyday life, we feel that dedicated science communication in this area is much rarer than in other fields. Our aim is to provide a platform for active materials and nano scientists to directly communicate their science and life as a scientist to the public. The use of social media thereby provides a very low threshold to science communication as basically the only requirement is to have an account. We have the goal to showcase the scientific community in all its diversity, and so far (12/2022) had guest scientists from more than 30 countries of origin as well as various fields and career stages. The two main pillars of the Real Scientists Nano project are the @RealSci_Nano Twitter account and the Under the Microscope podcast. Our guest scientists are interviewed for one podcast episode, and subsequently get to tweet from the account for one week following the rotation curation concept. We let curating scientist decide for themselves what they would like to tweet about. The form and content therefore vary greatly. Many of our scientists report from their everyday life, and are for example live-tweeting from a conference, uploading videos or photos from the lab or sending the occasional ``stuck in meetings, will return later'' tweet. Science communication on social media thus gives the opportunity to open a direct and real-time window into the scientist's life.