Dr Maggie Hardy - Round 2, 2016 Champion

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Dr Maggie Hardy

Taking science mainstream with digital technologies

Dr Maggie Hardy is a researcher with a strong message for her fellow scientists: they need to share their findings with the public, particularly through digital channels. She knows digital solutions are out there for scientists—they just need to be educated about them.

Maggie plays her part to spread this message down the line with a ‘train the trainer’ approach. Since 2012, she has been providing strategic communication training for research scientists, academics and health professionals.

Among her activities this year is training researchers in Queensland who will visit regional towns to:

  • engage with local industry partners and link them to researchers
  • encourage opportunities for future collaboration
  • promote the work happening in Queensland communities on social media.

She and others will also run Rural Hack workshops, in which scientists and communities propose solutions to community-identified problems. Trainers will provide resources and links to existing groups or make connections with other possible mentors in the digital space. Rural Hack will use Slack, which allows for open communication between teams online, as its primary communication medium.

Over the past year, Maggie has given free science communication workshops at research institutes across Brisbane, focusing on social media analytics to support the impact of communicating research to the public. Earlier workshops addressed collecting social media analytics to demonstrate their impact on grant and fellowship applications.

As well as encouraging other researchers to engage with the public through technology, Maggie herself is an active communicator. She has written online articles for news and commentary site, The Conversation, and her reports, blogs and podcasts are available through ABC radio.

Maggie's other achievements include:

  • speaker at the Scimex launch by the Australian Science Media Centre (2015)
  • named one of the Top Tweeters at The University of Queensland (2015)
  • invited Tweeter for scientific conferences in Brisbane.

As a digital champion, Maggie will continue her communication and digital media training to scientists to maximise their collaboration with local communities.

Maggie is nominated by: Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland

Dr Maggie Hardy

Taking science mainstream with digital technologies

Dr Maggie Hardy is a researcher with a strong message for her fellow scientists: they need to share their findings with the public, particularly through digital channels. She knows digital solutions are out there for scientists—they just need to be educated about them.

Maggie plays her part to spread this message down the line with a ‘train the trainer’ approach. Since 2012, she has been providing strategic communication training for research scientists, academics and health professionals.

Among her activities this year is training researchers in Queensland who will visit regional towns to:

  • engage with local industry partners and link them to researchers
  • encourage opportunities for future collaboration
  • promote the work happening in Queensland communities on social media.

She and others will also run Rural Hack workshops, in which scientists and communities propose solutions to community-identified problems. Trainers will provide resources and links to existing groups or make connections with other possible mentors in the digital space. Rural Hack will use Slack, which allows for open communication between teams online, as its primary communication medium.

Over the past year, Maggie has given free science communication workshops at research institutes across Brisbane, focusing on social media analytics to support the impact of communicating research to the public. Earlier workshops addressed collecting social media analytics to demonstrate their impact on grant and fellowship applications.

As well as encouraging other researchers to engage with the public through technology, Maggie herself is an active communicator. She has written online articles for news and commentary site, The Conversation, and her reports, blogs and podcasts are available through ABC radio.

Maggie's other achievements include:

  • speaker at the Scimex launch by the Australian Science Media Centre (2015)
  • named one of the Top Tweeters at The University of Queensland (2015)
  • invited Tweeter for scientific conferences in Brisbane.

As a digital champion, Maggie will continue her communication and digital media training to scientists to maximise their collaboration with local communities.

Maggie is nominated by: Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland