What makes the CESTEMER community unique are all of the outstanding participants who boldly cross disciplinary lines in their work, while creating and sharing all of the fun that can be along the way. Here we highlight many of these individuals with the CESTEMER Speaker Spotlights Series, where we’ve asked presenters from CESTEMER 17 and CESTEMER 19 to answer a few questions about what excites them about our community and the intersection with their passions.
What drew you to become part of the CESTEMER community?
Conversations with Dr. Raquell Holmes in 2014 got me excited about the possibilities at such a conference. I helped with some of the planning aspects for the 2015 & 2019 CESTEMER meetings and that further fueled my understanding of what can happen in this community.
If you can narrow down the experience of CESTEMER 2017 to one big takeaway, what would it be? What was most gratifying?
My takeaway was: Boldly try to create new work.
What is a piece of advice you would give to someone attending CESTEMER for the first time?
Have fun playing with the ideas and people you encounter!
What are you most excited about experiencing with CESTEMER 2019?
I’m excited to share the community with my co-presenter, Marion Leary.
What are some ways people can get connected to you and your work? (i.e. website, social media, etc.)
I run a consultancy for science communication and also work with a non-profit storytelling organization, First Person Arts, which allowed me to create the work that I’m bringing to CESTEMER. I’m on Twitter as @neilpbardhan.