Presenting a talk on Twitter? Find our advice on how to do so here:
When presenting your twitter thread, you must include the conference hashtag, #AnimBehav2021, which will ensure that attendees can find, view, and engage with your twitter presentation. Your presentation will also be retweeted by host societies, the Animal Behavior Society (@AnimBehSociety) and the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (@asab_tweets). Anyone can attend this public-format conference via twitter, and we expect presenters to be ready to respond to tweeted attendee questions and comments both during their assigned time slot and to respond to questions that are posted later on during the conference. We hope that the Twitter platform will foster meaningful dialogue among animal behavior scientists across the globe. While the Twitter Conference lasts for just two days, one benefit of this format is that your presentation will remain accessible for viewers indefinitely -- this dialogue can continue! But of course, be aware of this when thinking about including sensitive or time-dependent information in your presentation.
Submitting an abstract
Before the conference, you will submit an abstract, which will be peer-reviewed by conference organizers for scientific quality and clarity. If selected, the presenter will be assigned a designated 10-minute time slot during the conference (January 26-27, 2021). At the very beginning of the 10-minute slot, the presenter will tweet their thread (5-6 tweets) using the conference hashtag: #AnimBehav2021. The presenter will then have the remaining 10-minute slot to answer live questions from attendees. The assigned time will take place within one of several research-themed session that you can select during Abstract Submission .
The key to a successful presentation is to prepare the tweets in the thread ahead of time, rather than composing tweets live during your time slot. This should be done by preparing the full tweet thread in Twitter, and saving it as a draft (click the X to close the box, then click save) ready to be tweeted in its entirety at your allotted time. You should also plan to be available for answering questions and discussion points that come up, particularly during the allocated 10-minutes. After the presentation, presenters are encouraged to keep answering post-session or post-conference questions. Twitter will notify presenters that somebody replied to their presentation thread. A full schedule of sessions and presentations will be made available by the end of 2020 on the conference website: here.
For some basic introductory information about how twitter works, check out this Twitter Masterclass series from the British Ornithologists’ Union, or explore their many excellent blog posts about the role of social media in science today.
How to give a presentation in the Global Animal Behaviour Twitter Conference?
If you don’t already have one, you will need a Twitter account: help.twitter.com! We also recommend following the Animal Behavior Society (@AnimBehSociety) and the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (@asab_tweets), and beginning to connect with other participants on Twitter. You will also need to have submitted an Abstract beforehand (deadline 15th November).
This Twitter Conference takes place 100% on Twitter! As a presenter, you will not be giving a live video or pre-recorded “talk”. You will instead present your work in the form of a twitter thread made up of 5-6 clear, concise tweets that build logically from one to the next in a numbered sequence, explaining your research. Each tweet has a 280-character limit, so succinct and effective communication is paramount. We encourage presenters to incorporate relevant
links, figures, graphical abstracts, gifs, videos, etc. into your tweets to supplement the text when relevant. Visuals should be made accessible with ALT text.
Linking to your published papers contributes to your paper’s Altmetric Attention Score, and each time someone else retweets a post with a link to your paper, they contribute too. Here are some examples of effective twitter presentations from other Twitter Conferences: Carlos Guarnizo (#BTCon18), Elspeth Sage (#WSTC6), & Harry Ewing (#ISTC20).