Science hashtags of 2016

As the resident online producer (and the person looking over things on social media), I’ve seen a lot of hashtags. And boy, has this year been a doozy. From the inappropriate to the politically charged to the hilarious to the trademarked hashtag issue about a certain global sporting event that happens every four years.

Let’s have a round-up of some of the best science-related hashtags of 2016 (in no particular order).


This one was essentially a hijacking of Trump’s campaigning with #DrainTheSwamp. Who doesn’t love it when scientists trump politics and share the delightful creatures form the swamp?

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(this search requires a fair bit of sifting through the sport-related tweets)

Ahhh the Superbowl, one of the biggest sporting events in the US calendar or a national celebration of the Superb Owl, the gracious, all-knowing bird species?


The PhD science twitter community is a strong one. As is their love for Sir David Attenborough’s treatment of documenting his environment. Cue hilarious tweets about the life and tribulations of PhD students.


Scientists are all about revealing the truth — and the truth is scientists come in many forms that aren’t just white males in a lab coat. This hashtag was all about showcasing diversity in science.

We loved it so much, we published a blog about it.


On July 4, NASA’s Juno spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter after an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet during a 35-minute engine burn.

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Just suss out the entire Twitter NASA Juno account


Bugs are not just for boys. The girls of twitter united to show their love and encouragement for all things with more than 4 legs, winged, slimed, and creepy and fabulously crawly when a young girl was bullied for her love for bugs.

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The festive season is upon us. And scientists love to get in the spirit of Christmas. As evidenced through the #biodiversitree hashtag. This one may not have reached trending but it’s too delightful to not share!


As they say, never challenge a scientist. Because they will do their best to outdo you. So when a scientist on twitter innocently tagged a picture #bestspots, little did they realise they were about to start an all-out war for the animal with the best spots. Truly some amazing competitors were delivered.

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Did we miss a hashtag? Let us know.

Originally published on Australia’s Science Channel: