Since I got tired of small, field-specific science cliques and of boring conferences where you show off and compete, I naively tweeted that I would love to organize a meeting for my favorite Twitter scientists. In my fantasy I saw a conference that’s cool, fast and furious, Where you get surprised and shocked hearing about things you never knew existed. A highly interdisciplinary conference that would build a community of scientists driven by curiosity. In essence, a conference that’s an embodiment of sci-twitter culture.
In typical Twitter spirit, you responded fast, and within 2 days hundreds of my favorite scientists expressed interest in coming. Some replied to the thread, some sent me direct messages, and some emailed. So I decided this had to be done.
Here's the plan:
While other scientists are freezing in their labs, we’ll meet in Tel Aviv for 2 days 13th-14th of February, a few days after the biggest biology meeting in Israel takes place in Eilat, you might want to consider attending if you’re here already.
Our conference will be held in 2 adjacent locations in parallel: The beautiful Steinhardt Museum of Natural History (opened this year) and the Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery (pictures below). This will be the most live-tweeted conference in history.
We'll present short talks. ONLY unpublished stuff, otherwise what’s the point. The idea is to get to know each other, we'll devote most of the time for interactions. Each presenter will have only 2 slides, that will be posted on Twitter:
- The 1st slide will show who you are.
- The 2nd slide will be a tweet about your work. This slide could link to a thread, so whoever is interested could learn more later.
- Questions would be asked using “reply”, online, and will show up on the screens. There would be no moderators.
- Importantly, there would be Walk Up songs. When your song plays it’s your turn to take the stage.