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Meet a scientific community manager: Aidan Budd

This month, we’re asking all community engagement professionals within science to complete our state of scientific community management survey. The survey’s intended to determine the variety of community-building roles that exist within science, and is the first activity of the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows program. We’ll be sharing a report of the survey results once we’ve analyzed them.

But just who are the scientific community engagement professionals? To help answer that question we’re running a series of Q&As with people in existing community-building roles. If any of these stories resonate, please do take 15 minutes to complete the survey! The more input we have to the survey, the more detailed our view of the overall landscape will be.

Today we’re featuring Aidan Budd:

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Aidan’s work focuses on community building and training for bioinformatics. He currently works at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, where he did his PhD, and later worked in a bioinformatics service and research role.

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Meet a scientific community manager: Laura Wheeler

This month, we’re asking all community engagement professionals within science to complete our state of scientific community management survey. The survey’s intended to determine the variety of community-building roles that exist within science, and is the first activity of the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows program. We’ll be sharing a report of the survey results once we’ve analyzed them.

But just who are the scientific community engagement professionals? To help answer that question we’re running a series of Q&As with people in existing community-building roles. If any of these stories resonate, please do take 12 minutes to complete the survey! The more input we have to the survey, the more detailed our view of the overall landscape will be.

Today we’re featuring Laura Wheeler:

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Laura Wheeler is the Community Manager and Blog Editor for Digital Science. Laura is a big fan of all things science and can regularly be found tweeting at conferences all around the world.

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3 Tips for a Successful Community: Key Findings from The Community Roundtable’s SOCM 2016 report

The Community Roundtable (TheCR) runs a membership-based network for community managers. For the last seven years they have surveyed their network and beyond to produce an annual report on the state of community management. The report typically looks at the activities and corresponding maturity levels of various corporate-led online communities, as well as giving useful insights into the difference between best in class communities and those that are still learning the ropes.

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Take the AAAS State of Scientific Community Management Survey!

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Back in November, we announced the new AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program. To recap: With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, AAAS will run a one year pilot program to support the professional development of community engagement experts in the scientific community.

Starting in January 2017, an initial cohort of 18 community professionals will receive training and ongoing support to help strengthen and professionalize the role of community engagement within large-scale scientific collaborations and associations.

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Planning teamwork – 10 pointers from the Science of Team Science conference

Posted by Lou Woodley, Trellis’ Community Engagement Director.

The Trellis Team were busy last week as we attended 3 different community management-focused events in 3 different states across the US! One of the ones I attended was the 4-day Science of Team Science conference where the focus was on what we can learn about collaboration within science.

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The Trellis team hits the road!

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The open road” by Hatters! is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

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:

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What’s Community Engagement in science? And why does it matter? Q&A with Lou Woodley

Two weeks ago we announced the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows program. Following on from that, Program Director (and Trellis’ Community Engagement Director) Lou Woodley answered some great questions from Matt Shipman on the Communication Breakdown blog. The conversation is cross-posted below.

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Storify – Announcing the new AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program

Last Tuesday we announced the brand new AAAS Community Engagement Fellows program. It seems we weren’t the only ones excited by this big news for community managers in science! The following Storify captures some of the online responses.

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Announcing the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program

Today we’re delighted to announce a brand new fellowship program from AAAS, thanks to the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program will be a one year pilot to support the professional development and ongoing professionalization of community engagement experts within the scientific community.

You can read more about the program in the EurekAlert news release, and the accompanying story on aaas.org . We’ve addressed some more general questions about how the program fits in with Trellis and what it will look like below.

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