Waterlust - An Example of How Online Video Can Help Scientists and Educators

Friday, 19 December 2014: 1:53 PM
Patrick Rynne1, Fiona Graham1, Jennah Caster1 and Jennifer Adler2, (1)University of Miami, Miami, FL, United States, (2)University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, United States
Online videos and the social networks used to disseminate them provide scientists, educators, and students an opportunity to reach new audiences on a global scale. The ability to inspire people to think about a given subject that are not otherwise engaged is an important strategy in growing the societal impact of your work. Especially to those working in the field of physical science as it relates to environmental conservation and preservation, targeting new audiences helps avoid “preaching to the choir.” Towards this goal, three graduate students at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science began an online film project in 2011 aimed at motivating the general public to think about their relationship with water and the marine environment. Here we present lessons from our first three years that include: tips for making an engaging video, promoting creativity and self-expression in science, video editing tips 101, getting the most out of your GoPro, and how to get your video seen by more people. For more information about our work, visit www.waterlust.org