Entries for 2005

Entries for 2004

What is WWDS?

How to Become Involved

Key Dates


Origins of WWDS

Teaching Resources



How to Become Involved


Two basic modes of participating are:

(a) Shadowing or interviewing someone in science;

(b) Reflecting on your own day.

Students -- postgraduate, undergraduate, or high school -- can submit shadowing reports, interviews, or diary entries.

Students can shadow or interview a scientist or a more advanced student, such as a high school student shadowing a university student or an undergraduate shadowing a doctoral student. Find out about a typical day, the Day in Science. Or, just ask about the high point of the day.

Scientists and cience-based professionals of any type are welcome as subjects or authors, ranging from laboratory scientists to park rangers to science communicators to nurses and computer engineers, anyone whose job involves science in some way.

Be creative. A science-based professional can shadow a student. Discover what kids these days are up to.

We need just three paragraphs -- 250-500 words -- for shadowing reports, interviews, or reflective diary entries. Ask the scientist, or ask yourself:

1. What was the high point of your day? Or, tell us what you did all day. You can also explain that April 23rd 2008 was boring and describe an exciting April 11th or 25th.

2. Why did you do that? How does the day's activity fit into your job or studies and your career path?

3. Why are you drawn to science? What were your interests when you were in high school? How have you pursued those interests? What about the future?

Select photos or other relevant images or even audio and video to include.

Submit your story on the WWDS website using our new, automated system.

Just copy in your text, and upload your images, as directed. It is as easy as composing an e-mail message.

Then, answer the multiple-choice questions on the 'personality test'.

This test is not particularly precise. However, it enables our high school readers to find science-based professionals who are profiled on the site who share their preferences.

Baffled by the automated submission process? Send your weblog URL or Microsoft Word document to -- WWDS@unsw.edu.au.

Reports are due mid- to late- May 2008 in order to be shown here on the web on June 1st.


If you are a university academic or a science teacher, you can become involved by asking your students to undertake this endeavour. They will obtain a range of lessons.

Firstly, note that the World-Wide Day in Science occurs every April. The date is selected to suit the academic calendar both north and south of the equator.

On the day, student reporters go into the field to ‘shadow’ their scientist of choice using their selected media -- text, photos, audio, video. In the weeks that follow, they and their classmates edit and tailor submissions for addition to the web, sending us a URL for linking to the World-Wide Day in Science website. Alternatively, students can contribute their stories directly to WWDS via the automated submission process, which was new for 2007.

Participating students learn how to work in teams, hierarchies, and production lines; how to handle concrete deadlines; how to communicate effectively; and how to deliver a professional product for public consumption. In short, they learn the communication and managerial skills needed by professionals.

Students also become part of an active worldwide network of scientists-in-the-making. Contact us at WWDS headquarters -- wwds@unsw.edu.au -- if you would like to put your student reporting teams in touch with similar teams at other universities around the globe.

Last but not least, they learn what botanists, psychologists, and astrophysicists do all day.


Questions? See the What is WWDS? or contact us at: wwds@unsw.edu.au


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