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The roster is already filling up with some exciting talks - we're really looking forwards to them!

If you want to present your work between the 25th of July and the 6th of August, make sure to submit your abstract before the 1st of July at

DM us if you have any questions, and remember - we're not a typical conference, so there's no guarantee that the abstract deadline will be extended by 2 weeks at the last minute!

(I use an editor that highlights things* but sometimes I’m in a rush and I don’t notice things…)
*edited for typo

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I really like LaTeX, but it sure does love to complain and refuse to compile when I throw in any sort of mundane special character.

In physics, the scallop theorem describes how perfectly time-symmetrical motion results in 0 displacement, if the fluid is highly viscous. Scallops move by opening to pull water in and closing to push it out the rear. If they opened as fast as they closed, they'd rock back and forth. Instead they vary the frequency of closure to control their speed! This principle is used for engineering where one deg of freedom is needed to generate net forward displacement. #clamfacts

It's ! Let's talk about an astronomical source that's in outburst *right now* with more data incoming *as we speak*, SAX J1747.0-2853.

J1747 is a neutron star in our galaxy that was first discovered by the BeppoSAX X-ray telescope in 1998! All X-ray-bright neutron stars and stellar black holes appear as point sources (single pixels), and it can be really hard to tell neutron stars apart from black holes.

Reminder that being a beginner or just not very good at something is not only fine, it's extremely cool 😎

Nothing is better than pronouncing LaTex as latex

Admittedly, I am helped a lot by the fact that I’m very familiar with LaTeX, so I didn’t have a learning curve with this. Also for me it was a choice between this and making posters in slideshow software, which has always been a strange experience for me. (I’m sure there’s poster-making software somewhere, but admittedly I haven’t bothered to look much! Also, I do appreciate using a tool that can also typeset equations.)

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Initially I was hesitant to use LaTeX for research posters at all because including images can be a bit of a hassle sometimes, but the tradeoff of not having to individually place text boxes and mess with formatting has been very much worth it to me. (I’m haunted by all the times when I had to rearrange things on my posters and make sure everything was aligned correctly.)

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Shoutout to the Gemini LaTeX poster theme for having been very helpful for me when making academic research posters in recent years! If you don’t mind using LaTeX to make a poster, I highly recommend trying it out:

Oh neat, looks like there’s lots of people showing up over here! Sadly I don’t have time to look much because I’m scrambling to get ready for the first in-person academic travel I’ll be doing since 2020!

My autoethnographical article on sex, epilepsy, bisexuality, and sex education is out!

'Seizing Sex: a reflection on sex and epilepsy'

I love the term "citizen science" cause it implies that formal scientists are not citizens

There’s that old saying that says something like “mathematicians are machines that turn coffee into theorems.”

By that analogy, I am a machine that turns tea into data plots.

Also I keep being tempted to make more plots to investigate some detail or another but that would only make this decision more difficult!

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Running into the classic problem where I have ~100 data plots and I'm having trouble deciding which ones to include and which ones to exclude in my paper. (There will definitely be subfigures, but I need to organize things and it's a bit of a hassle.)

For the first time since its first report in 1990, the IPCC has talked about degrowth

A blog post summarising:

Here's a very interesting talk I saw a few weeks ago which I wanted to share; it's a bit long but I highly recommend it:

"Bridging Knowledge Systems: Scientific and Inuit Knowledge of the Ocean and Sea Ice" by Prof. Eric Oliver (Dalhousie University

In-depth Q&A: The #IPCC’s sixth assessment on how to tackle climate change

#CarbonBrief is a really good source. This Q&A only slightly shorter than the report. 😉

So if you still have questions afterwards, you may be an expert.

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