The greatest thing ever to happen to science communication

In 133 days from today, the greatest thing ever to happen to science communication will happen in coastal Louisiana. Welcome to OceanDotComm. 

Intrigued? You should be.

Imagine a conference.  No better yet, imagine a collaborative, storytelling, social media event. Four days spent with the most innovative minds in online science communication telling the greatest story every told.

Intrigued even more? Good.

This groundbreaking event will be the opportunity every science communicator has dreamed about. Do you miss the days of ScienceOnline Oceans and ScienceOnline? Every wanted to attend Google Camp? It kind of like those things but better.

I am of course tending toward hyperbole here but I really cannot contain my excitement for this event. After being in the online science communication game for nearly a decade and half, I longed for something just a little different. I wanted an event with other science communicators but instead of talking about science communication, I wanted to do science communication. A place to feed off the energy of colleagues, build my on skill set from seeing scicomm in action, and collaboratively reach toward scicomm innovation.

What do I need? You, the most energetic and dedicated science communicators using
social media from all over.

If online science communication is chocolate. I am your Willy Wonka and I’m inviting you to my candy factory for a wild ride. You just need to take the golden ticket.

And I’m dedicating everything LUMCON and I have to offer for this event. My staff (did I tell them?), my boats (from small to large), my entire facility (a science fortress in the marsh), and all my connections to the scientists and people of Louisiana to you.

Your cost? Just simply get yourself here. We’ll take care of you the minute you get here with the best hospitality and food in Southern Louisiana.  Chefs Mike and Jerome take it as personal insult if you leave our cafeteria hungry.

If you are a science communicator wanting to be a part of this collaborative effort to
take science communication into a new era, this is the event for you.

Dates: March 15 – 20, 2018
Apply: Fill out the Google form here (applications close Feb 1, 2018). Preference will be given to those who apply early.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

2 Replies to “The greatest thing ever to happen to science communication”

  1. I am going to convince you that I deserve to be there! (Assuming I can convince my boss too)

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