Here at Trellis we believe in the importance of community building between scientists and beyond. As the scientific enterprise depends more and more on long-term collaboration between various groups, often across continents, active community management is more important than ever. On Trellis, we want to provide the best tools for both fledgling and experienced scientific community builders to grow and strengthen the communities with which they work.
To ensure that we are up to date with best practices in the field of community management, the Trellis team is making stops at several community-themed conferences this month. We will be reporting back on this blog and hope to be able to incorporate some of what we learn into our documentation for Trellis group admins.
Here’s where you can find members of the Trellis team in May:
May 14-15th – Community Leadership Summit, Austin TX
The Community Leadership Summit brings together community leaders, organizers, and managers from all fields to discuss and refine the nature of an effective and capable community. One unique element of this event is the “unconference” component, where attendees lead discussion sessions on a variety of relevant topics. Leaders in the field contribute to these sessions, which also combine panel debates and networking opportunities.
If you’re planning to be there, say hello to Trellis’ Community Engagement Director, Lou Woodley who’s planning to lead a session on creating a community engagement toolkit from scratch.
May 16-19th – Science of Team Science (SciTS) Conference – Phoenix, AZ
SciTS focuses on evidence-based practices to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of team-based research. This year’s event will highlight topics of interest to all researchers engaged in collaboration and team-building, including diversity, big data, citizen science, open data, and research networking. The emphasis on scientific communities makes this event a great fit for Trellis.
Josh Freeman, General Manager of Trellis, and Lou Woodley, Trellis’ Community Engagement Director, are both planning to be there, picking up as much as possible from the multiple tracks at the conference.
May 18-19th – CMX Summit East – Brooklyn, NY
CMX Summit East focuses mostly on business and corporate communities. Participants at the CMX Summit will discuss the future of business and the direction of the community industry and seek to learn from the successful communities of companies like Airbnb, Uber, Apple, LEGO, Salesforce, and Cisco. We will hear from pioneers in the field of offline and online communities, including Alexis Ohanian of Reddit.
If you’re going to be at CMX East be sure to look out for Gabrielle Rabinowitz, Trellis’ Community Manager.
If you’re going to be at one of these conferences, be sure to let us know on Twitter: @Trelliscience, where we’ll also be live-tweeting from the events. We’ll report back on this blog to share what we’ve learned!