Interdisciplinary climate studies live from Paris: merci et au revior Kim Nicholas

Climate Change was the hot topic for the month of July and it kicked off at the ‘Our Common Future Under Climate Change’ conference in Paris with Kim Nicholas (@KA_Nicholas). Kim is an Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies. As an interdisciplinary scientist, Kim is often explaining her work to others.

Tweeting from a conference means experiencing the extreme awesomeness and not-so-awesomeness that conference attendance brings.

Awesomeness: striking and effective examples of data visualisation


Realising how many sub-optimal powerpoint slides have whizzed past your face in the last few days

Kim was kind enough to thoughtfully reflect on her time behind the wheel of RealScientists, so here are her thoughts about the week.


In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

I really enjoyed the chance to curate Real Scientists. I wish I had been able to make a bit more time for it. I was working 15+ hour days that week juggling many roles at a big conference and it was a challenge for me to keep everything going.

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

I enjoyed it, suddenly being in touch with a pensioner in Australia or a student in Germany was fun!

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

I really enjoyed the interaction with others and of course positive feedback. 🙂 I presented my poster from the conference using Periscope and people liked that.

The lowlight was when someone asked “why has rs been so quiet the last few days?” This was the middle of my conference and I had really dropped the ball, which made me feel badly. I tried to recover at the end though!

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

Maybe more of the day-to-day view of my life could have been interesting. I wasn’t sure how to handle being at the conference. I was live tweeting but I thought much of it might be too specialized for the RS audience so it was from my personal account. but maybe that was a mistake in hindsight.

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

I should have! In hindsight I would have liked to map out my strategy more: OK, I want to cover these X topics over the week, I plan to spend 30 minutes a day doing RS and this is when I’ll fit it in.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Make a plan! And review old curators more to think about the style and voice you want to use.

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?


Thanks once again Kim from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from Kim’s week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.

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