Speaking, teaching & more

Speaking, Teaching and Facilitation activities

This page details events that I have attended where I’ve contributed to the program e.g. as a speaker, session chair or trainer. For events that I’ve attended as a participant, see the sub-tab “Conferences and events“.


CESTEMER – Cultivating Ensembles conference (June 2019) – Led a workshop exploring joy as a product of healthy collaboration

AAAS Community Engagement Fellowship Program mid-year training (June 2019) – Host and trainer for this four-day meeting of the CEFP Fellows. Included teaching sessions on creating values statements, systems thinking and organizational change.

Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) conference (May 2019) – Co-organizer and session chair of a panel on “Collective Action: Community Approaches to Scholarly Communications”

NSF INCLUDES National Network pre-convening (May 2019) – Designed and led a one-day interactive workshop for NSF grantees of the INCLUDES program on how to build collaboration guides.

Science of Team Science conference (May 2019) – Led a half day interactive workshop on creating community playbooks for collaborations.

Crossref community team training day (March 2019) – Co-host of a day-long retreat focused on community-building including a presentation and discussion of scientific community building theory.

IceCube Multi-messenger Diversity Network in-person convening (March 2019) – Led a webinar about “Community-building within science – and why it matters.”

AAAS annual meeting (February 2019) – Session organiser and facilitator: “Creating culturally responsive online communities of practice.”

SciOut – next steps workshop (February 2019) – co-lead of a working group focused on approaches to building a community of practice of science outreach practitioners

AAAS Community Engagement Fellowship Program training week (January 2019) – Curriculum creator and host for this week-long training for the second cohort of Fellows. Included teaching sessions on community theory, content strategy, community lifecycle models and the importance of self-care.


AGU conference (December 2018) – Poster presentation and speaker at an informal seminar on “Project Management and Community management in the arctic and earth sciences”

Charleston conference (November 2018) – Session chair and co-organizer for discussion session on “Collective Action: Community Approaches to Scholarly Communications.”

Kavli Foundation network of networks meeting (October 2018) – Invited participant to a closed workshop discussing science communication and engagement networks and priority areas for future work.

URSSI workshop (October 2018) – Invited participant to the Chicago workshop for scoping a possible US Research Software Sustainability Institute. Led a workshop session on community theory and community activities.

SciOut conference on science outreach – metrics, models and measures (October 2018) – Presentation about Communities of Practice theory.

NSF invited seminar (June 2018) – Presentation and discussion about “Community engagement for research collaborations”

ORCID webinar (May 2018) – 90 minute webinar and 30 minute follow-up discussion about the skill sets of scientific community engagement managers, including worksheet exercise with the skills wheel.

AAAS Committee on Opportunities in Science (February 2018) – Co-led a two-hour session on the NSF INCLUDES Open Forum group, soliciting suggestions from committee members of key topics and resources for the group.

American Physical Society seminar (January 2018) – Led an hour-long seminar on community engagement within science including a skills wheel exercise and discussion.

NSF INCLUDES PI meeting (January 2018) – Presented a poster and launched the NSF INCLUDES Open Forum community of practice on Trellis.


AAAS Community Engagement Fellowship Program end-of-year meeting (December 2017) – Host for this three-day meeting of the CEFP Fellows to wrap-up the fellowship year. Included project team report outs, delivery of community playbooks, design and facilitation of debriefs and surveys, plus a graduation ceremony.

NSF EPSCoR National Meeting (November 2017) – Co-organizer and speaker in a 90-minute session focused on team science and community engagement. Included a skills wheel exercise to assess the community engagement capabilities of collaborations.

Mozilla Science Lab community call (October 2017) – Led a discussion about the Connect-Align-Produce model of social-impact community formation and how it relates to efforts in the Open Science space.

The CRConnect (October 2017) – Panelist in a discussion on the role of trust in organisations. Led a roundtable discussion about models for identifying community manager skillsets.

Numfocus community manager virtual get-together (September 2017) – Led an online video meetup for open science community managers, encouraging the discussion of their roles, skillsets and possible future collaborations as a cohort.

NSF Science and Technology Center meeting – A Seat At The Virtual Table: Inclusive Practices for Multi-Institutional Scientific Teams (August 2017) – Invited participant.

What’s a wicked problem? (August 2017) – Contributor to an invited closed roundtable discussion about addressing complex problems.

NSF Chemical Innovation Center Training (August 2017) – Led a one day community engagement training workshop at AAAS for the Managing Directors of NSF’s Centers for Chemical Innovation.

iUTAH EPSCOR site visit (July 2017) – Spent a week shadowing iUTAH EPSCOR’s Assistant Director to gain first-hand experience of a statewide research collaboration. Included giving two seminars about scientific community engagement.

Intereach webinar (July 2017) – Co-presented a 90 minute webinar about community engagement in science, the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program.

Netweaving workshop (June 2017) – Invited participant at this one-day workshop of netweavers in STEM including discussions of network organising an netweaving as a community management role.

Science of Team Science meeting (June 2017) – Presenter in workshop on collaborative technologies, workshop on community engagement within science and session chair for a panel on collaboration in industry and academia.

AAAS Community Engagement Fellowship Program mid-year training (June 2017) – Host and trainer for this two-day meeting of the CEFP Fellows. Included teaching a session on systems thinking.

Seminar at Fauna and Flora International, Cambridge (May 2017) – Invited to lead a 90 minute seminar on community engagement within science by CEFP Fellow, Stephanie O’Donnell.

STM Society Day (April 2017) – Panelist on a session on “Societies, Scholarly Research, and the Public” – discussed building a science policy ecosystem on Trellis.

AAAS / NSF INCLUDES conference (April 2017) – Co-organiser and speaker for this two-day conference on “The human and technical infrastructure for scaling the INCLUDES pilot projects”.

Lunch n Learn at AAAS (March 2017) – Led an hour-long interactive journal club session on the community lifecycle model for AAAS staff.

AAAS annual meeting (February 2017) – Session co-organiser and speaker, “Tools for building and enhancing scholarly communities on the web”.

Mozilla Science Lab community call (February 2017) – led a discussion about community engagement within science and the AAAS Community Engagement Fellowship Program in this monthly call.

AAAS Community Engagement Fellowship Program training week (January 2017) – Curriculum creator and host for this week-long training for the inaugural cohort of Fellows. Included teaching sessions on content strategy, community lifecycle models and avoiding burnout.


Mozilla All-Hands meeting (December 2016) – Invited guest at the week-long Mozilla All Hands meeting – contributed to sessions on community building, community member interviews, diversity and inclusion, member onboarding and more.

AAAS Community Engagement Program curriculum development workshop (November 2016) – Organiser and host of this two-day workshop to discuss creation of a curriculum for scientific community engagement managers.

The CRConnect (October 2016) – Speaker in a lightning talk session discussing “Using the CR’s State of Community Management Survey to inform curriculum development for scientific community managers”.

INCF annual meeting (September 2016) – Presented Trellis as the new communication platform for INCF members.

ESOF 2016 (July 2016) – Panelist in sessions on “Are scientists switched onto the effects of social media” and “Building interdisciplinary collaborations”

Community Leadership Summit (May 2016) – Led unconference sessions on community manager training and remote working and participated in discussions on session formats for including introverts and community manager burnout


PressForward Institute (August 2015) – Presented Trellis as a communication tool for the scientific community and participated in workshops on content curation

Advancing Research Communication and Scholarship Conference (April 2015) – Panel on “Socializing scholarly communication: opening up scholarship from research to participation” and “Disrupting the status quo – new models and technologies for scholarly communication”

Broader Impacts Summit (April/May 2015) – Plenary talk presenting Trellis as a communication tool for NABI members

STEM Central Leadership Workshop (March 2015) – Presented Trellis and participated in unconference sessions


Open Knowledge Festival (July 2014) – Co-organizer on this 1000+ attendee conference on all aspects of “open”

Alda Center Summer Institute (June 2014) – Invited participant in this multi-day workshop on science communication using improvisation and message distillation techniques

FuturePub (May 2014) – Presented MySciCareer in a flash talk at this quarterly publishing event

ScienceOnline (March 2014) – Led a session on online communities and another on alternative career paths in science where we launched MySciCareer

2013 and earlier

Nobel Week Dialogue (December 2013) – Official blogger and panel participant “New methods for communicating science”

SpotOn London (November 2013) – Conference organizer

UK Conference of Science Journalists (June 2012) – Organising committee member. Convened and chaired a session on online tools for science journalists

SpotOn London (November 2012) – Conference organizer

ScienceOnline (January 2012) – Led a half-day workshop on social media for science communication; Session convener and speaker, “The attention economy: The currencies for social media influence and exchange rates for attention”

Science Online London (September 2011) – Conference co-organizer

SciBarCamb 2012 – Co-organizer of this science and tech unconference in Cambridge, Uk

The Next Generation of Science Media conference (May 2011) – Keynote speaker

SONYC (May 2011) – Panelist on the theme of “Are scientists afraid of social media and online tools?”

SciBarCamb 2011 – Co-organizer of this science and tech unconference in Cambridge, Uk

SciLogs blogging retreat (March 2011) – Keynote speaker on “The evolving science blogging landscape”

ScienceOnline (January 2011) – Panelist in session on “The future of science blogging”

Futurebook (December 2010) – Speaker on “Building a social network for scientists

Science Online London (September 2010) – Conference co-organizer

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (June 2010, 2011, 2012) – Official blogger and online communications team member