#TheTweetingBird – Social Media Symposium at AOS-SCO 2017 Meeting

The following (abstracts listed in order of author’s last name) is a preview of some of the talks that will be presented at the upcoming AOS-SCO meeting. The symposium will be held 2 August, 2017, 10:30AM – 12:00PM.

Using social media to help drive your own research article’s Altmetric Attention Score

Steve Dudley
British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU), PO Box 417, Peterborough, PE7 3FX, UK
stevedudley@bou.org.uk | Twitter @stevedudley_ and for @IBIS_journal

The Altmetric Attention Score of a research article is a metric for our digital and social media age. This article-level metric measures the online attention, not scientific quality, of a research article.

Altmetrics were launched mainstream by most journal publishers in 2014. The BOU was already using social media to promote our journal articles in IBIS, and now we had a means to measure the impact of this.

Getting research talked about is not only good for science, but also has benefits for authors, the journals and publishing societies. But it occurred to us that in order for the ornithology community to get behind this new metric, it required independent, within-sector education to gain traction, which the BOU could provide.

Three years on, and working with an increasing number of partners, the ornithology community’s understanding of altmetrics has greatly improved. This has led to an increasing number of researchers taking up social media, and blogging, to help drive the Altmetric Attention Score of their own research articles.

From a study of over 6,500 articles from 10 ornithology journals, I will illustrate how authors, institutes and publishing societies can help drive the Altmetric Attention Score of their own research articles. This will include an author who drove the score of his own paper to become the highest scoring altmetric paper in IBIS; and a UK institute who used the Altmetric Attention Scores of their staffs’ research articles as a means to measure, and drive, the outreach of their own research output.

#MORails #MOScience : Tweeting Live From The Field.

Auriel Fournier
Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit – University of Arkansas, 1 University Drive SCEN 632, Fayetteville, AR, 72701, USA.

The combination of field work and social media, in this case twitter, presents a fantastic opportunity to share your science with the general public as it is happening. I will share my experiences, successes, and failures of three years of tweeting about my doctoral work (#MORails) studying the autumn migration of rails in wetlands across Missouri. Through text, pictures and video I’ve been able to share my work, and teach people around the world about wetland processes, their importance in the larger ecosystem, and why rails are so incredibly cool. I’ll provide tips for how to tweet about your own work, create a hashtag, find an audience, and share your science.

Using Social Media at Scientific Conferences, A Case Study of NAOC 2016

Jordan E. Rutter
American Ornithological Society, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605
Twitter: @JERutter and for AOS @AmOrnith

Social media is a currently underutilized networking tool by science conferences, which has the ability to maximize the benefits of the event for both organizers and attendees. Twitter specifically is set up in a way that allows constant and continual sharing of information. This medium provides an optimal platform for organizers to communicate with the public (attendees or not) about the conference before, during, and after the event. Twitter also allows people to report live about program items such as symposia talks, workshops, socials, and more. In doing so not only are the attendees connecting with others present but are also spreading that information to people around the world. By using social media to talk about the conference, science in general is getting discussed more as well. New projects and collaborations are all possibilities and results of using social media in general but especially at conferences. The North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC) that took place in 2016 is a case study that demonstrates the additional success scientific conferences can have when social media is incorporated.

Live streaming your science: The engaging platforms of Periscope and FacebookLive

Nicole Wood

Science communication is nothing new for scientists. Traditionally researchers have communicated with their intended audiences via print or television. Emerging technologies have changed how we as a society communicate and scientists must update their communication tools, so they don’t lose touch with their audiences. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram allow researchers to engage with audiences directly, enabling for a greater exchange of information. While these apps foster a dynamic interaction, they still lack that personal touch of being able to engage with a “real live” scientist rather than just words on a screen. Apps, such as Periscope, let a broadcaster live stream an audio video feed directly to their audience via their phone, tablet, or computer and viewers can communicate back in real time to the broadcaster, during the live stream, through an integrated chat module. Live streaming can be used for a wide variety of science communication options, such as interviews, research presentations, and fieldwork showcases, for both inreach and outreach audiences. Science communication is an ever-evolving set of tools for the scientist’s toolbox. Live streaming is an emerging tool that can be easily added and one that researchers must take advantage of to stay relevant in today’s social media world.

Enabling Interdisciplinary and Team Science: A Professional Development Program from AIBS


AIBS is hosting a professional development opportunity with the theme geared toward helping scientists develop interdisciplinary skills. The program is a two day course open to any scientist that works in a collaborative setting. There is no education or work experience level required.

Some of the skills that will be developed or covered in this course (as seen on the program website):

Engage in collaborative scientific ventures;
Eliminate barriers to effective team science;
Execute the factors that make collaborations successful;
Build the right scientific team;
Perform with a variety of personalities and work approaches;
Create a team roadmap;
Enact the five keys to leadership;
Develop effective communication strategies and techniques
Facilitate scientific collaborations; and,
Apply practical solutions for team science concerns.

Learn more and register on the AIBS website. 

News Release: American Ornithological Society (AOS) Takes Flight

Contact: Melinda Pruett-Jones
American Ornithological Society, Executive Director
Email: mpruettjones@americanornithology.org
Mobile: 312-420-2292

AOS logo

New Organization Dedicated to the Study and Conservation of Birds in the Americas

CHICAGO, IL (December 19, 2016) – Two of the oldest and most influential professional ornithological societies in the world have legally merged, forming the American Ornithological Society (AOS), an organization devoted to advancing research focused on birds in the Western Hemisphere, promoting their conservation, and training the next generation of scientists.

Nearly 3,000 members of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society approved the merger earlier this year in association with the North American Ornithological Conference held in Washington D.C. Under the leadership of executive director Melinda Pruett-Jones, AOS is based in Chicago at the Field Museum of Natural History. For more information on the new AOS and the merger process, visit www.americanornithology.org.

“Over the past six years we have actively collaborated as separate organizations: meeting together, publishing our journals jointly and working together to benefit the conservation of birds. After fact-finding and due diligence, and in response to the tremendous positive feedback from our membership, I am proud to announce a single merged society that will advance ornithology by combining our assets – human, financial and intellectual,” said AOS president Steven Beissinger.

The largest ornithological society in the Western Hemisphere, AOS produces scientific publications of the highest quality, hosts intellectually engaging and professionally vital meetings, serves ornithologists at every career stage, pursues a global perspective, and informs public policy on all issues important to ornithology and ornithological collections. AOS assets now exceed $10 million in support of ornithology, and it will invest nearly $1 million to advance its mission in its first year as a merged society.

The new organization is undertaking new initiatives to help students, early professionals and international members and to address the needs of scientists, academics and conservation professionals in advancing knowledge, not only in the Western Hemisphere but across the globe. AOS also recently launched a program to encourage members to reach out to their local communities and showcase ornithology as a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) field students might not have considered.

“The society is redoubling past efforts to prepare future generations of scientists and conservation leaders. Success requires a multi-dimensional approach that integrates science, new technologies, public policy and citizen outreach; works with other ornithological and scientific communities; and collaborates with local, state, federal and international government entities,” said former American Ornithologists’ Union president Susan Haig, who began the merging effort in 2010.

“AOS is distinguished by its tremendous collective expertise, eminent scientists, conservation practitioners, early career innovators, and students. The society will especially focus on attracting diversity in the profession,” said former Cooper Ornithological Society president Martin Raphael.

The first meeting of the new AOS will be held July 31 to August 5, 2017 on the campus of Michigan State University.

About the American Ornithological Society

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is an international society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of birds, enriching ornithology as a profession, and promoting a rigorous scientific basis for bird conservation. AOS publishes two international journals—The Auk: Ornithological Advances, which has one of the highest scientific impact rankings among ornithological journals worldwide, and The Condor: Ornithological Applications—as well as the book series Studies in Avian Biology. AOS also sponsors Birds of North America in partnership with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. The society’s checklists serve as the accepted authority for scientific nomenclature and English names of birds in the Americas.

For more information, visit www.americanornithology.org.