Montreal conference assesses science’s presence on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.
The following summary is from Academica Top 10 - 6 June 2014
Researchers reluctant to take advantage of social media
Scholars at the 82nd Conference of the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS) have suggested that many researchers remain uncomfortable engaging with the public via social media. Moreover, this reluctance may be particularly acute among the French-speaking scientific community. Some participants argued that scholars must be willing to present, defend, and clarify their research to the public, given the proliferation of “false information and half-truths” on the Internet around some issues. Others emphasized that social media offers valuable teaching tools with which professors and instructors can engage students. Alireza Jalali, a professor at the University of Ottawa, said that every department should have a “champion” who can lead colleagues by example, though he acknowledged that social media may not be for everyone. University Affairs