So I finally remembered to attend a BSA meeting, after probably a year of reading the email chains but not participating.
Since the last time I went, there’s been plenty of turnover. Many of the people taking leading roles last year have moved away, but there were also a lot of new faces at the meeting- for most, it was only their first or second meeting. Mostly, everyone was either a student, or already working in a scicomm or science role- I’m the only person studying scicomm but not working in it.
After helping set up for the festival, I couldn’t not go to investigate.
Usually, I’m not particularly interested in events like festivals; in the same way that science centres tend to appeal only to an audience who would already be interested enough in the subject to visit science centres, festivals seem like a method of science communication that’s probably only preaching to the converted.
Last week, I finally got around to volunteering (it took me long enough).
I signed up to help set up for the Festival of Nature; while not technically sci-comm, it’s still useful volunteering experience, and a chance to get used to events in a relatively comfortable environment. So far, I’ve been put off from signing up to most of the volunteering events I’ve seen because of their social aspects, and the potential for making a fool out of myself in talking to new people.