Workshops are more interactive and informal than formal paper sessions and are intended to convey specific knowledge or skills or to start or becomed familiarized with the use of auxiliary technology tools in order to improve quantitative and qualitative research methods. Workshop can involve extended discussion as well as hands-on training sessions.
1. Easy collaboration and version control with Git & GitHub
For many scientific projects, it can be challenging to keep track of data, scripts and manuscript changes through time – even more if collaborating with multiple people. In this workshop we introduce a set of tools that can help us to greatly simplify project management and achieve reproducible workflows in the context of ecology: git (a version control system) and GitHub (an online platform for collaborative code development). Control version allows working in teams by storing files in the cloud, keeping a record of changes knowing who did what and when in the repository and covering yourself when things go wrong.
2. Reproducible science with Rmarkdown.
Most scientific research is not reproducible: it is really hard, if not impossible, to understand how results are derived from data, and being able to regenerate them in the future (even by the same researchers). However, traceability and reproducibility of results are indispensable elements of high-quality science, and an increasing requirement of many journals and funding sources. In this workshop we introduce a set of easy tools based around R and Rmarkdown to integrate analysis and text on the same dynamic document in order to achieve reproducible workflows in the context of ecology.
3. Audiovisual media toolkit for science divulgation
The aim of the workshop is to enable participants on filming and assembling their own audio-visual work to effectively divulgate their research work. To gain understanding on audiovisual communication, key concepts on audio-visual language and image elements analyses will be explained. Participants will gain practical knowledge and skills on the step-by-step process of filming, from planning to film editing. To this end, practical work will be performed with smart phones, tablets or compact cameras and filming edition software (with trial versions of commercial software or free software). Participants will learn basic filming techniques and film editing with the target of generating clear and dynamic audiovisual stories to effective divulgate science.
4. Communicating to a non-scientific public.
Nowadays researchers are faced with the challenge of communicating their results to the general public. It can aim not only to generate support and visibility for researches but also to influence political and ethical thinking and enable decision making. This may be especially critical in attempting to correct widespread misconceptions and myths.
Scientists can be trained in some techniques to improve their communication. The aim of this workshop is to gain an understanding of the nature and performance of the mass media and knowing the keys and tools that a scientist must take into consideration when communicating to the non-scientific public; how the society perceives science, how to capture public and media attention, how to report on scientific issues, how to prevent misinformation and lack of rigor, we also will focus on important issues such as how to position ones work into the public opinion and raise awareness, and how to build bridges and stable relationships between professional bodies in journalism and science.