By Emilie Reas, PLOS Neuroscience Community Editor
It’s that time of year again. We’re booking flights, browsing abstracts and making itineraries. The Society for Neuroscience conference (SfN) – the largest annual Neuroscience meeting, where we celebrate and share our love for all things neuro – is just around the corner.
Recently, social media has become an increasingly important component of the SfN experience, helping attendees navigate the often-overwhelming maze of posters, symposia and exhibits. Estimates indicate that over the past few years, use of the #SfN hashtag has grown by roughly 2,000 tweets per year.
Rather than wondering whether that other session would have been more interesting, we can now check the stream of #SfN14-tagged tweets to learn of other hot events happening in real-time. And post-conference, we can peruse the multitude of blog posts covering the most popular sessions if we happened to miss an important talk. This year, the PLOS Neuroscience community is planning to be an integral part of this process, streamlining and unifying social media coverage of SfN, and we’re asking for your participation!
How can you contribute?
If you tweet or blog and are going to SfN, we’d like to hear from you. We’re looking for a handful of Neuroscientists – from all backgrounds – to help live-tweet the conference and contribute blog posts on the meeting’s most interesting sessions. In addition, we’re interested in a few “super-contributors” who can commit to frequent tweeting and blogging two to three high-quality posts. Your work will be shared on a collaborative PLOS Neuroscience blogging site, making it easier for all to contribute.
What’s in it for you?
In exchange for your time and effort, every contributor will receive a stunning PLOS Neuroscience t-shirt. We’d also like to meet you at our PLOS-hosted social, scheduled for Monday night (November 17), 7 pm at the Baby Wale (1124 9th St NW), as a chance for our online Neuroscience community to meet and interact in real life. Lastly, we’re also offering a special reward for up to three “super-contributors” (described above). As compensation for their heavier tweeting and blogging loads, we’ll cover the conference registration for these #SfN14 superstars.
Get in touch!
If you’re active on Twitter or the blogosphere and want to help the PLOS Neuroscience community share the latest and greatest from this year’s SfN conference, please get in touch! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a bit about your background and how you’d like to contribute. See you in DC!
Emilie Reas received her PhD in Neuroscience from UC San Diego, where she used fMRI to study memory. As a postdoc at UCSD, she currently studies how the brain changes with aging and disease. In addition to her tweets for @PLOSNeuro she is @etreas.