Ways to follow SpotOn London 2014 remotely


What is SpotOn?

SpotOn is a series of community events for the discussion of how science is carried out and communicated online.

The flagship conference is the annual SpotOn London two day event, formerly called Science Online London, and now in its seventh year. They also host monthly SpotOn NYC events in NYC.

SpotOn discussions fall into three broad topic areas – policy, outreach and tools – and their site collates the conversations and other archive material around all of the events.

If you have any questions or would like to contribute to the SpotOn site, just email  SpotOn@nature.com.

This year, the London event (13th – 15th November) kicks off with a Fringe Event, namely

Pint of Science with @SpotOnLondon & the second Fringe Event the next day is

SCIENCE SHOWOFF with SpotOn London – Fri 14th Nov, Star of Kings

The main event starts at 09:00 GMT 14th


“The annual conference, SpotOn London, will be taking place at the Wellcome Trust on Friday, 14 November and Saturday, 15 November 2014.

The two day event, which marks its seventh year, will be hosted by Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Digital Science and the Wellcome Trust.  We’re also delighted to have Martin Fenner of PLOS joining us as a co-organiser again this year. SpotOn London is a dynamic, lively melting pot of scientists, science communicators, technologists, and those interested in science policy.

This year’s theme will be on the challenges of balancing the public and the private in the digital age. Friday will see panels, workshops and keynotes on topics including: sharing sensitive data, measuring social impact, open peer review and the right to be forgotten.

In an exciting change to our Saturday programme, SpotOn London will be hosting an unconference completely picked and run by the community within this year’s theme”

The programme can be accessed here and as you can see, there are individual Twitter hashtags for each session.

Moreover, as per previous years, the main event is being live-streamed for free.

So, how does one go about that you might ask ? Well, simply go to the programme and click on the session you would like to watch. Due to the wonders of modern technology, on the day, the live video should appear automatically and will be archived immediately for future viewing here.

So in closing, whilst the event itself is a sell-out, anybody can join in virtually 🙂 If you are on Twitter, the main # to follow for overall coverage is #solo14(was #solo13 a popular # ? – why yes, for a while it was the top # in the whole of the UK !!!).

10839497485_4c06fa99a7_z-1Hey, even Carl Zimmer joined in last year. Photo by Jason Wen.

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