Conferences are big business. They are expensive to get to not to mention of the carbon cost of hundreds of delegates flying around the globe to meet in person! Well, the 2nd World Seabird Twitter Conference just wrapped up, and it was a resounding success.
Yesterday I caught up with Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)'s David Curnow to explain what a Twitter Conference is and how a global community of seabird scientists came together to share their research with each other - and the general public - in presentations of 6 tweets or less.
If you missed the Conference, we've curated the Proceedings of the 2nd World Seabird Twitter Conference (#WSTC2) for your reading pleasure.
There are benefits to a conference you can attend in your pajamas. You are comfortable for one. But what I didn't realize before getting involved with the World Seabird Twitter Conference is the sense of community that comes from remotely connecting with hundreds of like-minded researchers and organizations. Nor did I anticipate the full value of all the presentations that would be shared.
The second World Seabird Twitter Conference, which started at 10AM UTC has already surpassed the popularity of the first. Anybody on twitter can tune in by looking up the hashtag #WSTC2. More information is in the program.
It's already stratospheric and I am very pleased to have been part of the organizing committee with Sjúrður Hammer @sjurdur, Danielle Fife @Danielle_T_Fife, Katherine Keogan @KatharineKeogan, Max Czapanskiy @mfczap, Helen Wade @Helen_Wade_ and Stephanie Borrelle @ PetrelStation.
In case you missed my presentation during the World Seabird Twitter Conference, see below!
Can the USA spend the money it allocates to Endangered Species recovery more effectively, and so achieve better conservation outcomes? This is what the SESYNC group lead by Dr. Leah Gerber (Arizona State University) & Dr. Michael Runge (U.S. Geological Survey) are working on with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Resources for the Future, Ohio State University, Duke University, University of Queensland, the NZ Department of Conservation, Melbourne University, KDV Decision Analysis and the White House Center on Environmental Quality. We met at SESYNC headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland in March 2016 to co-develop a decision framework to facilitate recovery and spending decisions.
It was my pleasure to join the team on this worthwhile endeavour and I look forward to working with Dr. Richard Maloney (New Zealand Department of Conservation), Dr. Libby Rumpff (University of Melbourne) and Dr. Gwen Icona (University of Queensland) to adapt successful decision support tools from Australia and New Zealand to the realities of endangered species recovery in the USA.
For more information about the group visit the SESYNC website: https://www.sesync.org/project/ventures/esa-decision-making