On Wednesday, 22 July 2020 at 2pm we’re hosting our next monthly community call. This month’s call will focus on virtual events, a topic that is likely on the minds of many scientific community managers at the moment.
We’ll cover three key aspects of organizing virtual events: planning and preparation, access and accessibility, and evaluation, both before and after your event. With three experts from our community of practice presenting, and ample time for discussion and Q&A, this month’s call promises to provide actionable information for you and your colleagues, so we hope to see you there!
On Wednesday, 17 June from 1-2:30pm US Eastern Time we’re hosting our first annual summer social! Although our community calls are scheduled for 90 minutes, we understand if you have to leave after an hour.
Since we launched last year, the CSCCE Community of Practice has continued to grow and so we’d like to spend June’s community call continuing to get to know one another. Combined with our holiday potluck call in December, the summer social will become a standing event on CSCCE’s community calendar. Whether you are brand new to the CSCCE community or have been here for a while, chances are you’ll meet someone new on this call!
On this month’s community call we discussed and refined a set of core values prepared by the CSSCE Code of Conduct Working Group. Through breakout sessions and open discussion, members of the community considered the values and how they translate into personal and collective behaviors.
As a result, today we published our core values on the CSSCE website here. They will inform our code of conduct (coming soon), how staff and members interact in our community of practice on Slack (request to join here), and all of the programming and trainings offered by the center.
Our May community call, scheduled for Monday, 18 May 2020 at noon US Eastern Time, will focus on CSCCE’s core values and how we are working with members of our community of practice to co-create a code of conduct.
This call will include a discussion with the CSCCE Code of Conduct working group, and provide opportunity for all members of our community to comment on our draft core values statement.
This month’s call challenged us all to think hard about creating and supporting inclusive communities, particularly virtually. Led by the CEFP 2019 DEI Project Team, we explored four topics related to this and used Zoom’s breakout room capability to give participants the opportunity to have small group discussions.
Our next CSCCE Community Call is on Wednesday 22nd April at 2pm Eastern. Join us to discuss running inclusive online events and find out more about the CEFP 2019 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Project Team’s work.
This month we’ll include a breakout style activity as well as presentations during the first hour of the call, and then a 30 minute open discussion for anyone to share their thoughts and experiences.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com to let us know what you plan to bring. No need to prep slides – this is intended to be informal, sociable and fun!
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).
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!
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.
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