March’s Community call – community ambassador programs

Our next CSCCE Community Call is on Wednesday 18th March at 2pm Eastern. Join us to discuss the outputs of two of the community engagement fellows program (CEFP) projects about community ambassador programs.

After the presentations there will be time to ask questions and learn from others who’ve launched and/or managed ambassador programs.

Join us for March’s community call on ambassador programs in science. Image credit: CSCCE

Community ambassador programs

To advance the mission of the community with which they’re working, community managers often turn to ambassador programs. Also known as community champions or fellows, these more engaged users can help with beta testing, advocating for the community’s work, recruiting new members, launching specialized projects or other specific activities.

Nurturing a successful ambassador program can be a helpful way to scale your community’s activities – but what does running such a program involve? How should you recruit your ambassadors? And what motivates them to participate and stay engaged? Join us in March’s community call to explore some of the data about what these programs look like in science.

Continue reading “March’s Community call – community ambassador programs”

February’s Community Call – help us to launch our Community Profiles project

Our next CSCCE Community Call is on Wednesday 19th February at 2pm Eastern. Join us to discuss how we’re going to be creating Community Profiles to help connect scientific community managers with others doing similar things – and how to make the profiles useful to you!

Introducing the Community Profiles project

Some of the questions that we get asked most often about scientific community management go along the lines of “I’m looking to launch a new community focused on X. Can you tell me about another organization that’s already done this?” or “We’re looking to expand our community programming to include Y. Are there any best practices about how to do this – or things we should absolutely avoid?”

To help our community members to answer these questions more directly themselves, we’re looking to create a series of downloadable Community Profiles. At this concept stage (read: plans may evolve as we test and iterate!) we envisage that the profiles will be very visual, two-page summary sheets with some vital stats about specific communities that have agreed to be featured. As a user, you’ll be able to compare communities with similar audiences, online tools, programming and more – and possibly also reach out to their community manager to ask any follow up questions.

Continue reading “February’s Community Call – help us to launch our Community Profiles project”

Community Calls archive

CSCCE hosts monthly community calls. On this page you can explore the listings from previous calls that took place in 2019. Recordings of the calls as well as shared notes are available to community members through our Slack group. You can request to join here.


December 2019 community call

Wednesday 18th December 2019 at 2pm EST– Community holiday party.

Topic: A virtual potluck holiday party for scientific community managers

Abstract: Join us for an end-of-year celebration and knowledge exchange! We’ll be hosting a virtual potluck which means what we share together depends on what the attendees bring. Please select a starter/appetizer, main/entree or dessert from the prompts in the blog post and email info@cscce.org to let us know what you plan to bring. No need to prep slides – this is intended to be informal, sociable and fun!

Blog post: You’re invited to a virtual potluck holiday party!


November 2019 Community Call

Date: Wednesday 20th November 2019 at 2pm EST

Topic: An introduction to the four types of communities that we see in science – with presentations from existing scientific community managers representing different community types.

Abstract: In our work with scientific communities to date, we’ve identified different types of scientific communities – and different ways that they describe the community engagement role within their communities. This had led to a working model of four broad scientific community types that we’re eager to test and iterate!

Join us for a brief description of the four community types followed by lightning talk presentations from existing scientific community managers about how they think about their own communities (and how they might be different from the model).

Speakers

Ann Meyer – Advisor, Sector Innovation and Programs at Ontario Genomics

Stephanie O’Donnell – Community Manager at WildLabs.net

Serah Njambi Rono – Community Engagement Lead at The Carpentries

Camille Santistevan – Associate Director for Communications and Marketing at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at the Graduate Center for CUNY.

Blog post: Join November’s community call!


Inaugural Community call – October 2019

Date: Wednesday October 30th 2019 at 2pm EST

Topic: An introduction to the work of CSCCE and nurturing a community of practice (CoP) for scientific community engagement professionals.

Abstract: In our inaugural CSCCE community call, CSCCE Director Lou Woodley will give a brief overview of the activities of the Center and lead a discussion about what a community of practice for scientific community engagement managers could look like. We’ll discuss details of the new Slack group, the creation of community profiles and more. Please bring questions and suggestions for a rich discussion. All welcome!

Blog post: Join our first CSCCE community call!


December’s Community Call: you’re invited to a virtual pot luck holiday party!

2019 has been a big year for CSCCE and with the holiday season rapidly approaching we thought we’d enter into the festive community-building spirit for our last community call of the year. So please join us on December 18th at 2pm Eastern for a virtual gathering designed to help us continue to get to know one another, celebrate the successes and things we learned this year, and look ahead to 2020.

Continue reading “December’s Community Call: you’re invited to a virtual pot luck holiday party!”

Join November’s Community Call!

Last month we launched the brand new CSCCE community of practice for scientific community managers – which includes monthly community calls that allow us to explore some foundational ideas in scientific community engagement together while getting to know one another and our communities.

What’s a community call?

A community call is a regular online event for community members to come together and meet one another, discuss topics of shared interest, and learn new things. Calls might include individual presentations, guest speakers, celebrating successes or diving deeper to brainstorm a particular topic in more detail.

We’ll be hosting a community call once per month on the third Wednesday of every month at 2pm Eastern which means November’s call will be on Wednesday November 20th.

Continue reading “Join November’s Community Call!”

Join our first CSCCE community call!

As part of the launch of our brand new community of practice for scientific community managers, you’re warmly invited to join our first community call this Wednesday, 30th October at 2pm Eastern (11am Pacific, 6pm GMT – note that the clocks went back in the UK this past weekend).

What’s a community call?

A community call is a regular online event for community members to come together and meet one another, discuss topics of shared interest, and learn new things. Calls might include individual presentations, guest speakers, celebrating successes or diving deeper to brainstorm a particular topic in more detail.

We’ll be hosting a community call once per month on the third Wednesday of every month, but to kick things off this month we’ll be meeting on Wednesday 30th October.

Continue reading “Join our first CSCCE community call!”

Community Calls

As part of our programming to nurture a community of scientific community engagement managers and those interested in scientific community engagement, we host a monthly community call via Zoom.

Providing support for scientific community managers remains at the heart of CSCCE’s mission. Image credit: CSCCE

2020 schedule

(You can find the archive of Community Call info from 2019 here)

We typically host our community calls at 2pm EST on the third Wednesday of each month, although speaker availability may result in scheduling changes. Abstracts and speakers will be updated as the schedule is co-created. The listings below reflect the most up-to-date information.

We welcome input about the topics for discussion – both ahead of time and during the calls. Please let us know if you’d like to present – or suggest a new topic for a call!

We will also share information about our community calls in our monthly newsletter.


January 2020 Community Call

Date: Wednesday 29th January 2020 at 2pm EST

Topic: Entering the new phase of CSCCE community programming – survey results, new working groups and what else is coming in 2020.

Abstract: Join us to discuss:

  • Initial results of our first survey of the members of our community of practice on Slack
  • Opportunities to join some initial working groups
  • CSCCE’s advisory board
  • What else is coming – and you’d like to see – in 2020.

Speakers: Lou Woodley, CSCCE Director – and you!

Blog post: January’s community call

Zoom link: Click here.


February 2020 Community Call

Date: Wednesday February 19th at 2pm EST

Topic: Next steps in our Community Profiles project

Abstract: One of the activities that we’re focusing on in 2020 is building out a collection of downloadable Community Profiles of different scientific communities. These are intended to help scientific community managers find others who are trying – or have succeeded – at similar programming to their own.

As we start to ramp up this project, we’d like to introduce it in more detail and gather feedback about what would be most useful to you.

Join February’s Community Call to:

  • Learn more about the Community Profiles project
  • Share three key facts about your own scientific community (see blog post for more details)
  • Learn from others on the call about their communities
  • Suggest questions that you would like downloadable Community Profiles to help you to answer

Speakers: CSCCE community members. This will be a facilitated discussion aimed at helping us to continue to get to know one another and to build out resources that meet our collective needs.

Blog post: February’s Community Call

Zoom link: Click here


March 2020 Community Call

Date: Wednesday March 18th at 2pm EST

Topic: Community ambassador programs – what do they look like and what motivates the participants? Comparing the views of community managers and community members from CEFP surveys in 2017 and 2019.

Abstract

Join March’s Community Call to:

  • Learn more about the survey of community ambassador programs carried out by the CEFP2017 project team, the Advocacy Ninjas
  • Learn more about what motivates community ambassadors from an early analysis of survey data gathered by the CEFP2019 project team, the Busy Bees.
  • Discuss existing ambassador programs in scientific communities
  • Meet and connect with others running scientific community ambassador programs

Speakers

CEFP2017 project team: Advocacy Ninjas

  • Allen Pope (presenting)
  • Rosanna Volchok (presenting)

CEFP2019 project team: Busy Bees

  • Toby Hodges (attending)
  • Naomi Penfold (presenting)
  • Kathryne Woodle (presenting)

Blog post: To come


April 2020 Community Call

Date: Tentatively Wednesday April 15th at 2pm EST

Topic: Creating inclusive scientific community events as a community manager – including the new guidebook by the CEFP2019 CALM events project team.

Abstract: TBD

Speakers: TBD – to include members of the CEFP2019 CALM events team.

Blog post: To come