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Science Online New York City (or #SONYC on online social networks) is a monthly event happening in New York City.

I like to think of it as another “franchise” of ScienceOnline. But this one is different in format – it is monthly (as opposed to annual) and has only one panel/topic per meeting, followed by networking at a local food/drinks establishment. It is also more ‘organized’ than #NYCSciTweetup which is quite informal.

The event is organized by Lou Woodley (Communities Specialist at, John Timmer (Science Editor at Ars Technica), Joe Bonner (of Rockefeller and SWINY) and Jeanne Garbarino (Postdoc at Rockefeller, and a science blogger)

The first three events are described in these posts:

April: Courting Controversy: how to successfully engage an online audience with complex or controversial topics.summary.

May: Are scientists anti-social?

June: Science and the Law

July was a summer vacation time.

The next one will be on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM – the topic is Reaching the niches: connecting underrepresented groups with science – sign up if you can attend.


Room: Weiss 305
Rockefeller University
E66th and York Ave.
New York, NY

The one after that will be on Tuesday, September 20th.

There is Ustream live video every time so you should watch (and ask questions in the Ustream chatroom) if you cannot make it in person.

To get updates in the future, “Like” the event’s Facebook page and follow #soNYC hashtag on Twitter.

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