Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Last year, thanks to you, my loyal beloved readers, I was able to attend the Science Online conference held in London, England, where I was a speaker. This conference is being held again this year — and I hope to be there! Proposed topics include blogging and microblogging, online communities, open access and open data, new teaching and research tools, author identifiers and measuring the impact of research. Science Online 2009 London is scheduled for 22 August at the Royal Institute of Great Britain, thanks to the generous support of Nature Network, Mendeley Research Networks and The Royal Institute of Great Britain.

This conference was one of the most positive things that happened to me last year because, besides experiencing an astonishing amount of fun, I ended up being hired for a few freelance writing jobs by editors for overseas publications whom I met while at the conference and I also developed several friendships that were invaluable for helping me get my book review published in Nature magazine (publication date pending) — none of which would have happened without my making an appearance at this conference in London.

Would you like to suggest topics or speakers? If so, email your suggestions to topics@scienceonlinelondon.org before the 19 June deadline.

They are seeking $ponsorship to help them defray the costs of the conference. Please email them at sponsor@scienceonlinelondon.org if you can help.

Registration is limited to 150 people, and the cost for registration will be roughly £10 GBP (tbc). They haven’t opened registration yet, but as soon as they do, I plan to register. If you are in London that day, I hope you will consider registering and attending as well. Of course, I want very much to attend and to speak, if at all possible.