PDS: Using video to promote your research

Date and Location

Feb 23, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Elings Hall 1601


Jai Ranganathan
Director of #SciFund Challenge
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis


Creating effective videos about your research with your smartphone -- Online video can be a very effective way for academics to connect their research to many different groups. For example, in many fields, video abstracts are a method of communicating research to others in the same field. Video is also a powerful tool that researchers can use to engage potential research funders, investors, and parts of the broader public. In this session, I will show how academics can use their smartphone to simply produce videos about their research, as well as how to create compelling storylines for those videos. At the end of the session, session participants will have learned extremely practical approaches to video. They will put that knowledge to immediate use, as participants will also have devised a plan for their own engaging video about their research.

Jai Ranganathan is a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, UCSB, and Director of #SciFund Challenge, a nonprofit organization that empowers scientists to shrink the gap between science and society. He has taught classes on research engagement and crowdfunding for more than one-thousand scientists at various institutions nationally and online internationally. These classes include: introduction to outreach, academic poster design, video production, and social media for scientists. Ranganathan is trained as a conservation biologist and holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, a M.A. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. in Earth & Environmental Sciences from Wesleyan University. As well as authoring numerous papers on conservation biology, Ranganathan has published several peer-reviewed articles on crowdfunding.

Sponsored by the Graduate Division and PDS

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