This week, science communicators from the across the US, Europe and Asia met in person in Washington DC for the first time since 2019. The two day collaboration meeting involved discussion on a range of topics including coordinating remote access and open data discussions at a global level, measuring the impact of the work that is done at light sources, and how to navigate and successfully move forward with social media.
Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke, Diamond’s Head of Impact, Communication and Engagement, comments “After 19 years of working together to create one voice for the brightest science, the lightsources.org collaboration is proud to now have 24 members from across the world. We had the privilege to visit the White House yesterday before meeting at the University of California’s Washington Center. The British Embassy in Washington DC hosted Day 2 of our annual meeting and we were delighted to welcome Dava Keavney (Program Manager for X-ray Light Sources at U.S. Department of Energy – Scientific User Facilities), Branden Brough (Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office), Quinn Spadola (Deputy Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office) and Matthew Diasio (Science and Innovation Policy Advisor Science and Innovation Policy Advisor Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), to join our discussions and help us explore new ways to reach our target audiences. As a collaboration, we are very grateful to everyone who supports light source science as our work is key to help address 21st century global challenge…together for a better world!”
Silvana Westbury, Project Manager for Lightsources.org, adds “In my role, I have the privilege of working with science communications colleagues from around the global light source community. Meeting in person has been hugely valuable as we have been able to bounce ideas off each other and devote quality time to sharing best practice and supporting members who need help in a specific areas of science communication.”
Lightsources.org is also attending the AAAS Meeting in Washington (2 – 5 March 2023) and has a booth with Diamond Light Source, the UK’s synchrotron science facility, and ExPaNDS, the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Photon and Neutron Data Service.
Career opportunities are currently plentiful within facilities around the world, particularly those who are planning their upgrade projects. For those who are attending the AAAS Meeting, in person or online, details of Diamond’s workshop featuring women who have succeeded in STEM careers can be found here