Help Us Celebrate Our First Anniversary with a Blog Carnival!

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by Kimberly Moynahan
Science in Society subject editor

On November 22, Science Borealis turns one!

It’s been a really busy year for our team of volunteers — running the day-to-day activities of Science Borealis, keeping our website up and running, engaging in all of our social media streams, approving and syndicating new blogs, and making sure we take good care of our bloggers. As well, our editors produce a stream of weekly editorial posts covering every aspect of science from astronomy to zoology. And on the business side, our founding team keeps its eye on the future, looking ahead to our next year and our long-term goals.

Yes, it’s a lot of work, but I’m confident that I speak for all of us when I say it’s a labour of love. We believe in the value of Science Borealis and in promoting and science and science communications in Canada.

Before we get on to the Anniversary celebration, I’d like to share some milestones from our first year:

  • November 2013 – Launch at the Canadian Science Policy Conference in Toronto!
  • February 2014 – Science Borealis represented at Science Online Together 2014 in Raleigh, NC; hosted “Meet a Canadian” pub night and handed out coveted Science Borealis t-shirts!
  • February 2014 – Our 1000th Twitter Follower!
  • March 2014 – Collaborated with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and hosted their Polar Week 6-Part Blog Series.
  • May 2014 – Science Borealis represented at Genomes to Biomes Conference in Montreal. Handed out more coveted t-shirts!
  • May – June 2014 – Collaborated with the Nature Conservancy of Canada for a 4-part blog series.
  • August 2014 – Science Borealis nominated for PromoScience/NSERC Award for Science Promotion (fingers still crossed!)
  • September 2014 – Syndicated our 100th blog – Spiderbytes, by Catherine Scott. (Count is now 103)
  • September 2014 – Made our t-shirts available for purchase.
  • October 2014 – Our 2000th Twitter Follower!
  • October 2014 – Science Borealis represented at the Annual Meeting of The Geological Society of America (Vancouver) and the Canadian Science Policy Conference (Halifax).
  • November 2, 2014, Science Borealis officially incorporated under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and welcomed our new Board of Directors: Hannah Hoag, John Dupuis, Prof. Chris Buddle.

So now, let’s celebrate!

We’d like to invite all of our bloggers to join us in Science Borealis’s First Anniversary Blog Carnival.

How do you do that? By blogging of course!

Theme: The Most Important Science News in My Field in 2014
***EXTENDED*** Deadline: midnight December 14, 2014

Consider the theme to be fairly loose. We’re looking for wide coverage of a variety of topics. In a perfect world we’d have 100 bloggers blogging 100 “Most Important” science topics!

“Most important” can mean globally, in Canada, locally, within the confines of your field of study, or just to you – however you want to measure it.

“News” can be a scientific development, discovery, or accomplishment; an event or thing that dominated the press; something that went unnoticed that you think deserves more coverage – again, however you want to interpret it.

And finally, “My field” can be your professional field, field of study or field of interest.


  1. Write and post your blog post between now and December 14, 2014.
  2. Alert us to your post via email (put Blog Carnival in your subject line) or Twitter #SciBorBlogCarnival, and add the blog carnival badge to your post!


Science Borealis will:

  1. Collect and promote the posts as you write them.
  2. On December 19 we’ll run an Editorial post on our site with the full list and links to everyone’s Blog Carnival posts.
  3. We will also send press releases to media so that publications can use the list and your posts as resources for their year-end “Biggest News of 2014” articles.

Last thoughts:

  • While we encourage you to write a new post, we understand that you may already have covered the Big News, so we will accept posts that you wrote earlier this year.
  • Your blog must be syndicated by Science Borealis in order to take part in the Blog Carnival.
  • SciArt posts, podcasts, and videos are acceptable.

So get blogging and join our celebration!

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