Nena December #SciCommChall about fishes and ducks

I want to explain the name of a fish Oblada melanura, a bream which is living in the Mediterranean. If you know some Latin words and see how the fish look like, it’s very easy never forget this name anymore.

Between the body and the tail fin, the fish has a little black round point. And that’s it. Melanura means black, so it’s the description of the color. Oblada is something round, like the point and describes the point on the tail fin.


Often you can read the description sexual dimorphism during reading a book about animals in combination with the looks of males and females. But what does it mean? The word sexual means the different sexes, the male and the female. Dimorphism must be separated to see the meaning. Di means two, like a dialog, a conservation between two people. And morphism means the look of the animals. All in all, we can combine: sexes two looks – the sexes of an animal have a different look. On of the best examples is the Mallard. The males with a beautiful green head and the females with a brownie camouflage look.  Do you know other animals with an sexual dimorphism?


Novembers’s #SciCommChall: Message in the pub

Just a short sentence, an impressive picture or a funny caricature – create your own beer coaster with your message in the pub to give bar visitors something to discuss about. Like to think about using glass instead of plastic bottles or cups.

Like Nena about one of the most important topics nowadays – plastic in the ocean:






Drawing our motivation: “Science isn’t finished until it’s communicated” by Sir Mark Walport

The other day, I wanted to draw a cover graphic for a networking event for online science communicators, but needed a quote for inspiration that would also set the tone for the event. And I am so happy I found exactly that!

What would it look like if you were to draw your motivation for your research or scicomm or any other project you are currently working on? Join September’s #scicommchall and show us!

Mirjam illustrates a quote that motivates her in her work

One of Mirjam‘s favourite ocean-related quotes is by oceanographer Dr. Miriam Goldstein “The ocean is strong and powerful and it likes to rip things up” (check out the link for a great post by Dr. Clark Richards for scientific context), here illustrated for September’s #scicommchall.

What quote inspires you in the context of your work, and how could you illustrate it? Let us know! 🙂

September’s #SciCommChall: Draw what your project means to you!

For many of us, there is a strong emotional connection with the topic of our project, and sometimes we hear quotes that just resonate with us.

For example, I recently heard “you are not a drop in the ocean, but the ocean in a drop”, and that quote really moved me on several levels because it doesn’t only relate to what I do, but also how I want to be doing it, and it inspired the drawing you see above.

For September’s #scicommchall:

Find a quote related to your project and come up with (a sketch for) an illustration of that quote!

Bonus points if there is a scicomm message embedded in the quote and illustration 😉

It doesn’t have to be elaborate or perfect — it’s the idea that counts, and the inspiration that you draw from doing this. It’s definitely working for me!

Alice’s #LOLmythesis for July’s #scicommchall

Alice replied to this month’s #LOLmythesis scicommchall on her (brilliant!) Instagram by posting the picture above and the text below:
“This months #scicommchall is all about summarizing your work, project or thesis in one sentence. It’s all about trivializing the most important thing you’re doing right now. If you think it’s sad that I can sum up my thesis in one sentence and it sounds stupid then you’re probably right. But I do hope that you realize that there is so much more to it then just this one sentence. I like how this challenge lightened up my view of my thesis.
And by the way: teachers entering a professional development course on using IBL as a means to address diversity already have strong beliefs about the topic. This is why it’s so hard to change their beliefs. What a surprise.
#phdlife #phdjourney #LOLmythesis #scicomm#sciencecommunication #tuesdaythoughts #womeninstem #womeninscience #teacherbeliefs #scienceeducationresearch”