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Science Online 2012: The Music Video

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Many of you will have seen the massive internet coverage of the Science Online conference over the past few weeks. The event is one of the year’s highlights for those of us interested in science communication. If you’ve spent time reading some of the posts about it you will have realized the enormous impact that this event has on attendees. For me, it’s my yearly chance to hang out with my 400 or so best friends – coming from a fairly small Canadian city where most folks don’t relate to what I spend my ‘work time’ doing. To put it rather crudely, Science Online peeps get me. I have never felt as completely enamored with a group of people in my life.

This video is a personal reflection of my experience of Science Online 2012. As an ex-dancer I tend to find the choreography and music in whatever it is that I’m working on. In this case the perfect music was Pink’s ‘Raise Your Glass‘, not only because in a very literal sense it reflects how a good number of us spend our evenings, but also because the song is about celebrating the underdog in all of us – the quirky, the nerdy, the geeky. The choreography didn’t really work out as well as I had hoped, but I pieced the video together with what I had.

The result? This glorious little production is the best explanation I can give for what Science Online means to me. A little dance, a little silliness, and a whole lot of amazing people to share it with. I hope you enjoy :)


I’d like to thank my friend Michael Taylor for his amazing sound remixing and vocals, also Mindy Weisberger, Brian and Dawn Crawford, and Maggie Pingolt for the use of their photos.

Lastly, I would like to thank Bora, Karyn and Anton for their tireless efforts to put the whole thing together. I hope you have an understanding of how much your efforts mean to so many.

Carin Bondar About the Author: Carin Bondar is a biologist, writer and film-maker with a PhD in population ecology from the University of British Columbia. Find Dr. Bondar online at www.carinbondar.com, on twitter @drbondar or on her facebook page: Dr. Carin Bondar – Biologist With a Twist. Follow on Twitter @drbondar.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. briannev 11:14 am 02/1/2012

    You took a geektastic song and made it gloriously geekier. Loved it.

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  2. 2. ihearttheroad 11:27 am 02/1/2012

    Ahhh! I LOVE IT!

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  3. 3. mistersugar 11:31 am 02/1/2012

    This is awesome! Awesome!

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  4. 4. Bora Zivkovic 11:32 am 02/1/2012

    Brilliant!!!!

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  5. 5. Jennifer Ouellette 11:33 am 02/1/2012

    Love it! And so very inclusive, I swear you got almost every single attendee in there. Now I miss my Scio12 peeps. :(

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  6. 6. JeanneGarb 11:36 am 02/1/2012

    Carin, this is SPECTACULAR!!!!Nicely done :-)

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  7. 7. Carin 12:11 pm 02/1/2012

    Yay! thanks everyone, I’m so glad it’s well received. I miss you all too!!

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  8. 8. Paleoecologist 12:51 pm 02/1/2012

    This made me smile like the total science geek that I am. I have a feeling I’m going to watch this once a month or so whenever I start to feel lonely for my new ScienceOnline family. Okay, once a week.

    Maybe twice a week.

    *watches again*

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  9. 9. McDawg 12:51 pm 02/1/2012

    BLOODY AWESOME WORK.

    I’ve done a music/pic mash-up of every #scio since 2008. Here’s the one I did of #scio12 http://www.science3point0.com/mcblawg/2012/01/29/science-online-2012-scio12-photomusic-mash-up/

    What you have created blows my efforts out of the water and beyond.

    Thank you sooooo much for putting this one together !!!

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  10. 10. RogerTheGeek 12:58 pm 02/1/2012

    We local folks miss a lot that goes on at the conference hotel.

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  11. 11. NerdyChristie 1:20 pm 02/1/2012

    IT IS AMAZING. AMAZING. AMAZING.

    That is all.

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  12. 12. jasongoldman 2:52 pm 02/1/2012

    Awesome! Came together really really nicely.

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  13. 13. DavidManly 12:22 pm 02/2/2012

    FANTASTIC to the power of infinity …. plus one :)

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  14. 14. Carin 1:36 pm 02/4/2012

    You guys are so great, thanks for the love. And of course for lending yourselves to the project :)

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