Excited to be part of the 1st World Bat Twitter Conference which is being organise by researchers working in the UWE Bat Conservation Research Lab. The Lab was set up by Dr. Emma Stone and Dr. Paul Lintott from the University of the West of England. This conference is a great way to engage with bat research and researchers from all over the world as it will be a 3 day event where you follow via hastags (#WBTC1). Each researcher presents by posting a 5 tweet thread. Great idea for our lockdown world and the best bit is it is carbon free!
On the flipside I am so nervous about it. I normally don’t get nervous presenting but as this is a different format I find myself a bit stressed out about it. The reason for that being your Tweets will be available to view for a long time. Which is great as people can visit and take time to look into everyones research but if you mess up, it is there for while and out there for the Twitter world to see! Of course there is also the worry of how popular your presentation will be, I am sure most people hope that their research gets seen and shared by as many people as possible.
I worry as I am not great with fancy graphics and I wish I could make my radio tracking data look really fancy. But I am not good enough to do that yet so I settle by trying to make a video edit from the footage me and Amelia used for our previous funding attempts and record the newer bits on a Dictaphone. Got to be resourceful during lockdown life. I really want to make a GIF summary but as I don’t have Adobe and programs like that, I do mine on powerpoint! Painstakingly slow but the only way I figure out that doesn’t involve learning a new program and paying for new software…
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