What can you do as an iBiology Ambassador?
As an iBioAmbassador you can contribute to iBiology in four main areas: (1) outreach, (2) education, (3) subtitling and (4) web content. Below is a description of each of these areas of ambassadorship, their goals and related activities.
If you are interested in becoming an iBioAmbassador, please fill out this questionnaire.
If you have questions, contact Mónica Feliú-Mójer, our Science Outreach Program Manager.
Click here to learn more about the mission of the iBioAmbassador Program and the benefits of becoming an iBioAmbassador.
iBiology offers you several outreach opportunities to act as a liaison between iBiology and your community, colleagues and friends. The goals of these outreach activities are to 1) spread the word about iBiology’s mission and resources; 2) to have more people use iBiology’s educational videos; 3) to engage more people in discussions relevant to the scientific enterprise; and 4) to recruit more people interested in contributing to iBiology’s efforts. Below are detailed descriptions of the outreach activities in which you can participate as an iBioAmbassador.
- Send an email to your friends, colleagues, student and postdoc groups, or departments at your institution to let them know about why you love iBiology and how they can use our resources. Contact us via email and we'll be happy to provide you with an email template you can use.
- Share on social media. Like or follow iBiology on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ and share our posts and tweets with your networks!
- Sign up to our weekly newsletter to stay up to date with the latest iBiology videos and events. Encourage your friends and colleagues to sign-up as well!
- Spread the word about iBiology at a conference or event. Request flyers and other promotional material to help us spread the word about iBiology at a conference or event you are attending or organizing. Contact us (at least 4 weeks in advance to the event) via emailto let us know what kind of material you are requesting, quantity of materials and for what kind of event.
- Tell people about iBiology. Give a short talk about iBiology using our template slides and script. You can use 5-10 minutes during a talk to introduce people to iBiology, our mission and how they can use our resources. Template slides are available here: https://goo.gl/n4DUwh. Contact us via email and we'll be happy to provide you with template slides, a script and additional information you can use.
- Write about iBiology for a blog (see examples here https://goo.gl/x4mqMA and here https://goo.gl/RZ8SaH), your campus newspaper, for a magazine or a newsletter published by your organization or professional society [see examples here http://goo.gl/Cnn6Jb and herehttp://goo.gl/imoIC4 (on page 12)].
- Create promotional materials. Do you have good graphic design skills? Help us create flyers and other promotional material for iBiology videos or special events (on an as needed basis).
- Wikipedia editing. iBiology talks cover basic concepts in biology and life sciences. Our talks also feature leading scientists and researchers. Help us add links to iBiology talks that are relevant to Wikipedia pages about science and scientists.
- Google Hangouts On Air. Periodically, we host Google Hangouts On Air (Google HOA) to give the iBiology community the opportunity to interact with leading researchers in moderated discussions about a particular topic and ask them questions. You can get involved with Google HOA in several ways:
- Organize a watch event: Bring together friends or colleagues at your school, institution or organization to watch our Google Hangouts and submit questions to the speaker(s) via the Google+ page or social media (using the hashtag #iBioHangout).
- Spread the word: Encourage your friends, colleagues, and contacts in your network to tune in and participate in iBiology Hangouts.
iBiology wants to make science and scientists accessible to more people around the world. To further this goal we are adding subtitles in English and other languages to as many talks as possible. As an Ambassador you can help us create English subtitlesor translate transcripts of English subtitles into languages other than English. We have funding to pay our transcribers for creating English subtitles.
iBiology offers opportunities for Ambassadors to contribute written content for our website. The goal of these communications activities is to complement video content on iBiology.org by 1) providing more information about the content of our videos and our speakers; 2) offering insights into the work and the people behind iBiology; 3) providing members of the iBiology community to offer their perspective in a written format; and 4) making content on iBiology.org more engaging and easy to find.
- Write speaker biographies and video summaries. Each iBiology video is accompanied by a short biography of the speaker(s) and a short description that summarizes the content of the video or series of videos. You can help us write this content!
- Blogging. We will soon launch a blog where we will share iBiology news and additional resources, and where members of the community can share how they use our videos and ideas and opinions about selected topics. You could help the iBiology Team write posts, suggest topics or contribute a guest post.
iBiology has developed a wide array of videos and courses to support science education in the classroom, particularly at the high school and undergraduate levels. This content, found on the iBioEducation section of our website, provides educators with resources (http://goo.gl/uIW9td) to teach specific topics, concepts, or experiments in biology and life sciences. As an iBioAmbassador you can create teaching resources and assessments to increase the value of iBiology videos and facilitate their use in the classroom.
- Create short clips of existing videos which are 2-10 minute videos highlighting a specific topic, experiment, or principle, taken from a longer talk (usually iBioSeminars or iBioEducation videos).