CSCCE in Japan (virtually!): Making a PACT for more engaging virtual meetings and events

The Japan SciCom Forum took place online 26-27 October 2021. The event was hosted by the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) in Tokyo, and focused on giving participants practical tools for communicating about science in English. 

CSCCE’s Lou Woodley and Camille Santistevan facilitated a workshop at the forum, sharing our PACT framework for virtual event planning, and staying up way past their bedtime to participate on Tokyo time! In this post, we share a little bit more about the event, our workshop, and how you can request a similar workshop for your organization or event. 

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CSCCE’s Community Profiles Project: How did we do it?

In out last blog post, we announced the release of 13 new “Community Profiles,” created by CSCCE staff in collaboration with independent contractor, Sara Kobilka. In this post, which was co-authored with Sara, we delve a little deeper into our methodology. 

Survey Design

As we began the survey design process we worked to balance multiple considerations. First, we wanted something as complete as possible. Lou created the first version of the survey with the goal of collecting information about communities that scientific community managers had previously expressed interest in learning about – such as funding models, staffing, and online collaboration tools. At the same time, we didn’t want to make the survey too onerous for community managers to complete.

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Resources

We create and share resources about scientific community management to support the  design, nurture, and evaluation of STEM communities in a range of contexts. While many of our resources are created by CSCCE staff, and build from our ongoing research program, we also co-create some of our resources with members of our community of practice

We’re gradually building out a series of carefully curated resource pages that currently includes:

If you’d like to contribute, for example by creating a case study about you and your work or a profile about your community, we’d love to hear from you (info@cscce.org).

Sharing, citing, and reusing CSCCE resources

Most of our published materials are made available under Creative Commons licenses for free download. Please note the specific license indicated on each resource as they do vary. If you have any questions about what is acceptable in terms of reuse under these licenses, please contact info@cscce.org.

If you use or reference CSCCE resources, please cite them as appropriate. We include suggested citations in the majority of our published materials. 

If you reuse CSCCE resources, or find any of them particularly useful, please let us know! We appreciate gaining a deeper understanding of how our work is impacting the field of STEM community management.