If your work was an animal, which one would it be and why?

February’s #scicommchall is brought to you by Nena:

If your work was an animal, which one would it be and why?

Excited like a mating cock? Clever like a red fox? Like ants – looking chaotic but more organized we can imagine?

During remembering a talk of a professor last year, the #SciCommChall for February was born. He was asking his pupils “If maths was an animal, which one would it be and why”. One girl was answering “Maths is like a spider, just hit down”. Another little child compared math with a lion “full of respect”. Interesting was the answer of a boy who said “Math for me it’s like a hippo, first you are scared and later you are fascinated”.

So, take up the challenge in work and live and tell us which animal is reflecting your work!

Sinikka is working on dissolved organic matter and looks at it “from all sides” for #scicommchall

Sinikka took on December’s #scicommchall to look at her subject from all sides. She writes:

New position, new topic: I am now studying carbon-containing molecules
in the ocean (“dissolved organic matter” or “DOM”). The December Scicomm
challenge comes handy to get to know my new topic from all sides.

For an observer at the beach, DOM might change the color of the water,
as it contains many molecules that absorb light.

For bacteria, it is a tasty meal.

Slightly larger (and much larger!) animals in the ocean excrete DOM.

For me as a scientist, it is an astonishing mixture of hundreds of
thousands of different molecules (and we’re still wondering why there is
so much DOM, when bacteria could just eat it all).

For the atmosphere, it is a great way to store carbon from fossil fuel
burning, so the carbon isn’t present as the greenhouse gas CO2 in the air.

For the climate, it is an important carbon reservoir, which potentially
was responsible for warm (little carbon stored in the ocean) and cold
(much carbon stored in the ocean) periods in the history of our planet.

An elevator-less elevator pitch for #scicommchall. Now it’s your turn! :-)

Still not inside an elevator, but now that I have my elevator pitch down to short and sweet (and really only 30 seconds if you don’t watch the contact stuff in the end), maybe I will be able to manage to film it without being interrupted like I was the previous dozen attempts

Now it’s your turn! Share your elevator pitch with us! (And don’t worry, you can always “upgrade” it later, like I am doing here!)

Curious about water striders? Sara sings her elevator pitch!

Here is a very cool example of an elevator pitch for January’s #scicommchall, sung by Sara Siebert.

Yes, sung.

Normal elevators are boring, she has done those for last year’s #dayofscience challenge already… Now without further ado:

Follow Sara on Instagram @FrauWissenschaft or Twitter @Sara_Siebert to find out more about water striders, immersive media, science education and communication, and how all those go together!


January’s #scicommchall: Mirjam shares an elevator pitch!

January’s #scicommchall of doing an elevator pitch is a lot more challenging than we thought, so I am sharing one here that I am really not 100% happy with (doesn’t actually capture the essence of what I do, too long, not in an elevator [although I did try — see a video with outtakes over on my blog]), and publicly pledge to come up with a better one before the end of the month and post it here. Because I would really like to have a good elevator pitch ready for the next time I meet someone in an elevator, and to link to it for everyone interested in what I do!

Anyway, here we go:

Now it’s your turn! What does your elevator pitch look like?

New Year, new #scicommchall. Can you let us know about your work in a 30s elevator pitch?

Since November’s #scicommchall was great as a challenge that I am still excited about. But since nobody (including myself) chose to post their results, we are trying again! And I am herewith officially committing to filming mine tomorrow! How about you?

Do join me in sharing your excitement for your work in January’s #scicommchall:

Share your elevator pitch with us! In 30 seconds or less, what do you do? Why is it exciting? Why should people care?

Grab your phone and make a quick movie of yourself, giving your elevator pitch. Share it on your Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, website, wherever you like. And let us share it for you so the world can get excited about your work, too! 🙂

December’s #scicommchall: Nena is looking at forests “from all sides”!

Nena shows us the different sides of a forest and writes:

It’s more than just a forest, …

…it’s a place to live for several thousands of species, …

…it’s also a place to live for us as human beings, …

…it’s also a place of destruction and too much consumption, …

…it’s also a place to have best times with old friends, …

…and it’s the biggest playground on earth! …

… Be careful with our forest, they so much more than just trees next to each other!



Looking at it from all sides. December’s #scicommchall!

We’ve got such a fun #scicommchall for you for December!

Every coin has two sides, but every research topic has definitely more than just two! So in order to discuss it properly, it sometimes helps to force yourself look at it from different, and maybe unusual, angles.

And here is how we are going to do that: By making a cube and thinking about what the topic might look like from different angles! As an easy example, think of the story of the elephant that is being described by people who can just touch it, not see it. Someone touching the trunk might think that they are dealing with an enormous snake. Someone touching the tail might think it’s a paint brush. Someone touching a leg might think it’s a pillar.

And this is what this might look like on a cube:

And here is how you would build this cube (and the template below includes the tabs to close the cube completely that are clearly missing in the picture above).


Cute, right?

And as a sneak peek in the background: My “wave” cube that I’ll present soon.

Let’s get started then! Below you find a template that you can use to print to make your own cube. Have fun, and don’t forget to share with us! 🙂