Real members of the Society for Neuroscience (as opposed to all those fake members with pseudonyms) can apply to be an Official SfN Neuroblogger at the 40th Annual Meeting in Chicago:
SfN Interactive: Blogging and Tweeting the Annual MeetingSfN encourages members to blog and tweet about events specific to Neuroscience 2009 while it’s happening.Interested in Serving as a Neuroblogger? Is there a Special Lecture your colleagues should not miss? Is there an interesting Poster that catches your eye? Want to gather colleagues at an SfN-Sponsored Social? Consider being a Neuroblogger.What are some of the benefits of being a Neuroblogger? Besides the possibility of greater exposure (for a limited time before, during, and after the meeting), you'll get......
- An official “SfN Social Media” ribbon to wear at the annual meeting [!!]
But there's more! Your name will be entered into a drawing for a free iPod nano. And [better late than never] you'll have.....
- The honor of taking part in SfN Interactive’s flagship year
Internet News OutletsBona fide Internet news organizations that distribute information directly to the general public are eligible. Personal Web site writers, writers from Web sites operated by non-media companies, or Web site creators are ineligible to register as media.And their embargo policy actually prevents one from liveblogging or livetweeting:
Information from all other presentations, including lay language summaries, is embargoed until the conclusion of the relevant presentation.Strictly speaking, this means that a poster is embargoed until the end of the 4 hour session. So you're not supposed to blog about a 1 PM poster until 5 PM (although I don't know how this will be enforced). The same is true for a 15 min talk, so no quick Twitter updates until after the speaker has finished.
There are other rules and requirements as well:
- By applying to be a Neuroblogger, from October 17 to 21, you are expected to write one or more blog entries per day about activities, events, and experiences related to Neuroscience 2009 in Chicago.
- SfN cannot provide blog hosting or online content management services...
- You must be a current SfN member to submit an application.
- On the application, provide a link to your current blog(s) or writing samples from entries you've composed in the past, preferably during a previous scientific meeting.
- Selected bloggers will be categorized by theme but will not be limited to blogging about just that theme.
- Selected blog links will be posted on this Web site two weeks before the meeting and will remain until two weeks after the meeting.
...because (of course) everyone knows that #sfnthemef is Cognition and Behavior while #sfnthemec is Disorders of the Nervous System. These categories are just a wee bit difficult to parse. #sfn the meh, anyone??
If you plan to tweet with your colleagues about events occurring at Neuroscience 2009, use these theme-specific hash tags:
She's smug, she's literate, she's Amber.
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