Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in TimeActivity by Mary Garson | added on May 08, 2010 | International
"Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time" will bring together women chemists from 37 countries on 18 January 2011 using modern communication tools; each country/region will arrange its own event(s) and individual breakfasts will be linked together by SKYPE/video, and by using Twitter.
MARCH 2 update --- post-event video available on YouTube; click here.
JANUARY 10 update --- pre-event video available; click here.
JANUARY 15 - The FINAL list of registered breakfast functions/contact points is available; please see down below to the right and use this to plan linkages. Check out also the two Powerpoint files made available to all to share.
STOP PRESS: follow us on Twitter; The name of the account is IYC_Breakfast and you can see the twitter profile here: http://twitter.com/IYC_Breakfast.
We recommend tweeters add the hashtags #IYC2011 and #chemhandshake to their tweets. This then allows anyone to follow tweets that are using these tags (without being signed up to twitter or following IYC_Breakfast) by accessing the following two webpages:
We have created Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time to bring chemistry women together worldwide for a breakfast meeting on a single selected day in 2011 as a pre-launch event for the International Year of Chemistry. In addition to networking, the aim is to celebrate the pivotal role of Marie Curie in chemistry, and to reflect on the current landscape for women chemists. The day chosen for the international breakfast event is Tuesday January 18th, that is in the week preceding the official launch of IYC2011 in Paris. During the event, dIfferent breakfast events in similar time zones are linked up with each other by modern communication tools such as Skype so that we may celebrate a special moment of chemical time together, thereby creating a global chemical handshake.
If the information given below gives you some ideas on how the event might work in your community, please get in touch by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell us what you have in mind. We would very much like to have this activity running in a number of venues worldwide. We have interest and enthusiasm from colleagues in over 20 countries worldwide to participate in the international component of this networking event, and (as of December 28) 17 different countries have so far registered breakfasts; in some countries there are multiple events taking place in different cities, It is not yet too late to register your event, but since other breakfast events will need to know of your activity in order to plan a link with you, we do encourage you to register as soon as possible, and certainly before January 8. So please add your event to the growing list of breakfasts shown on this website, contact other breakfasts in your region, and suggest a time when you might link up with them. You will need to provide a Skype contact address for your event.
On the day, regional or international connections can be made using Skype or other VOIP/conferencing methods, or simply using SMS text messaging if all else fails. We are also considering whether social networking sites such as Twitter should be used. We are preparing a short Powerpoint file that you may share with your local audience, and a short video will be placed on UTube. These are made available for all, but particularly for breakfast events where the use of Skype is not permitted for security or other reasons. Photographic images and video footage from some events will be transferred to Paris for use during the official launch of IYC on 27 January 2011. More information on these communication/recording issues will be provided to registered breakfasts in early January.
How does an event run? What to do next? In my own location of Brisbane (Australia), we have booked a suitable central venue that is not too expensive to hire, and where a reasonably-priced breakfast is served, since of course we would like many chemistry postgraduates to attend. The “communication needs” of the event are essentially a laptop, a data projector and a screen. We have approached local companies and universities to support the event and to sponsor the participation of younger attendees, particularly postgraduates and/or schoolchildren, or who might provide "lucky door" prizes. We are also considering whether to have a speaker or not. Our aim is that the venue and event be accessible to as many women chemists as possible. We have sent out a date claimer leaflet by email to our local chemistry networks, and we have a draft program of activity for the breakfast that includes a period of time for networking with other breakfasts in our region. A different model which also captures the spirit of the initiative is for a small groups of individuals to get together for a simple breakfast, either in a cafe or even in the home of a participant; again all you really need is a laptop and an internet connection!
|Topic:||networking, celebrating chemistry||Audience:||women chemists|