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Summer Learning Webinar: Using Social Media for Science Communication for Researchers in Vision Science

August 29, 2023, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm


In today's dynamic digital era, the ability to effectively communicate your research beyond traditional academic circles is more crucial than ever. Social media platforms have emerged as potent tools to captivate the public's attention, disseminate your findings, and create an impact on society. This webinar will equip you with the knowledge and skills to harness the potential of social media for science communication. 

Who is This Event For?

This exclusive webinar is open to researchers of all levels, including undergraduate and graduate students, research staff, and faculty members. While the focus will be on vision researchers, the invaluable principles shared are universally applicable to researchers from diverse disciplines.

Date and Time

For participants in Melbourne: August 30th, 2023 from 9:30-10:30am AEST 

For participants in Edmonton: August 29th, 2023 from 5:30-6:30pm MDT

For participants in Los Angeles and Vancouver: August 29th, 2023 from 4:30-5:30pm PDT


Registration Link

Registration is required to attend. The webinar will be recorded. If you are unable to attend the live virtual event, you may register to receive the recording.



You Will Learn

  1. How to use plain language to promote research to non-experts in your field;
  2. How to use social media to promote vision research through images of research;
  3. About the different social media platforms; and
  4. About the pros and cons of using social media as a researcher.



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Lauren Ayton, BOptom, PhD, FAAO, FACO, GCOT, GAICD

Associate Professor
Head – Vision Optimisation Unit & Principal Research Fellow
Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences and Department of Surgery (Ophthalmology), The University of Melbourne
Centre for Eye Research Australia

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A/Prof Lauren Ayton is a clinician-scientist with research interests in retinal disease, low vision and vision restoration. After completing her professional training in Optometry and a PhD at the University of Melbourne, A/Prof Ayton completed postdoctoral training in the area of ocular motor assessment in traumatic brain injury. She then took a position at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, where she was the Bionic Eye Clinical Team Leader and worked on several projects in age-related macular degeneration (2010 – 2017).

Between 2017 and 2019, A/Prof Ayton was the Director of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Bionic Eye Technologies, Inc., a USA startup company affiliated with Harvard and Cornell Universities. This experience cemented A/Prof Ayton’s passion for research innovation and entrepreneurship. A/Prof Ayton is now a Director of SPARK Melbourne, a University-led research incubator and industry mentoring program that originated from Stanford University. A/Prof Ayton has also been involved in the spinout of several start-up companies from academic discoveries.

Dr. Brittany Carr

Connecting with Visual Imagery on Social Media

Brittany Carr, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Alberta

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Dr. Carr completed her Ph.D. at the University of Calgary. Her areas of expertise are retinal degeneration, animal models, cell biology, and myopia. Recently, Dr. Carr has been working on replicating human inherited retinal degeneration in animal models. Dr. Carr is interested in working with geneticists and the public to identify new models to replicate in animal models for characterization. Dr. Carr enjoys walking outdoors and creating art--painting, sketching, embroidery and photography.

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Giulia Corradetti, MD

Doheny Eye Institute - UCLA
ARVO Science Communication Training Fellow

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Giulia Corradetti, MD, is a Doheny Scientist at Doheny Image Reading and Research Lab (DIRRL), mentored by SriniVas R Sadda, MD. She received her medical degree (MD) at the University of Bologna (Italy), and Ophthalmology Residency training at the Scientific Institute San Raffaele in Milan (Italy). Subsequently, she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at the Wright Foundation in Los Angeles, CA, followed by a clinic and research Fellowship in Medical Retina and Retina Imaging at UCLA and Doheny Eye Centers-UCLA. Dr. Corradetti’s major research interests include the study of early imaging biomarkers in atrophic age-related macular degeneration, retina imaging advanced analysis, AI/big data & precision health, retina imaging analysis, and advanced retinal imaging technology. Dr. Corradetti has more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored several book chapters including the seventh edition of the Ryan’s Retina textbook.

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