And that’s a wrap! Here’s a story from our day at the beach #scistoryASC

Storytelling can transform dry, technical information into compelling and relatable content that everyone wants to read, watch, listen to and share. The SA Chapter of Australian Science Communicators hosted a one-day mini-conference to explore the role of storytelling in science communication. Continue reading

Who needs science journalists anyway?

Thank you to Bianca Nogrady for this piece!
According to this report from Undark magazine, the National Association of Science Writers in the US is experiencing an all-too-familiar existential crisis; who exactly are they?
Unlike the ASC – which accepts executive and council members from across the broad church that is science communication and science journalism – […]

President’s update

Thank you to Joan Leach for the President’s Update.
Ever had that deja vu all over again feeling? Overseas colleagues sent me a link to an article in The Conversation (probably to wind me up—you know who you are!). You can find the article here.
What can I say? First, let me be clear—I find the research by Besley […]

You ask the questions… turning the tables on the media on 27 June.

·         Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in a newsroom?
·         Who decides what stories to cover and when?
·         Where do science stories fit in?
·         And how do you get your research in the news?
Join us on Monday 27 June to find out as the Australian Science Communicators, Royal Society of Victoria, […]

Event reflection – ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’

As science communicators, when we write about scientific discoveries for public consumption, we often search for the ‘so what?’ in the story – what are the implications for human kind and how will this discovery improve our lives for the better? But for discoveries in pure mathematics, there is often no application at all. Or […]

Storytelling in science communication (#scistoryASC): June 3 2016 at Marine Discovery Centre, South Australia

Storytelling can transform dry, technical information into compelling and relatable content that everyone wants to read, watch, listen to and share.
So how can we harness storytelling techniques to improve science communication?
The SA Chapter of Australian Science Communicators is hosting a one-day mini-conference for those interested in learning more about storytelling.
Participants, we’d love you to capture […]

President’s Update

Thank you to Joan Leach for the President update.
Can it be prize season again?
As much as it terrifies me that another year has come round, I’ve spent some time over the last week looking at nominations for some of the national prizes — the Eurekas, FameLab — to just name two. It’s pretty inspiring what […]

Sharing amazing science stories at FameLab 2016

Thank you to Sarah Lau for the post.
I recently had the honour of MCing the WA semi-final of FameLab 2016 at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle.
FameLab sees early career researchers share their research in a three minute presentation – using everything from props to poetry, but certainly no PowerPoint!
Beginning in 2005 at the Cheltenham […]

Science Book a Day Celebrates 1000 Books

On the 26th of February, my blog, Science Book a Day (http://sciencebookaday.com) celebrated featuring 1000 books since it started on June 1, 2013. SBAD was a project I started with the objective of engaging more people in popular science books. I thought that I would feature a book each day, linking to reviews, videos and […]

ASC movie nights are back in 2016!

Join us on Wednesday 11 May at Kino Cinemas to get the know THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY. Starring Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) and Jeremy Irons (Batman Vs Superman), it tells the life story of the extraordinary Indian mathematician and autodidact, Srinivasa Ramanujan. With no formal training in pure mathematics, he made extraordinary contributions to fields of mathematics, […]