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, […]

President’s update

Thank you to Joan Leach for the update.
Still taking the conference in…
I’ve attended a lot of conferences over the years and fashions in conferencing certainly change—there is a ‘pre-conference’ mania, the 4 day multi-streamed headspin, the International plenary shock-and-awe—and this year the ASC went for a one-day plenary with wide but high-quality programming, association with […]

ASC National Conference 2016 – Keynote address from Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO

Below you will find the transcript from the keynote delivered by Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO at the 2016 ASC National Conference on March 11 at the Queensland University of Technology.  

To win hearts and minds
The engineer who spells
I’m a stickler for spelling and grammar. It irritates my wife, my children and […]

Congratulations ASC Unsung Hero 2015 – Kylie Walker #ASC2016

Yesterday, Professor Joan Leach, President of Australian Science Communicators (ASC), awarded the 2015 Unsung Hero of Australian Science Communication.
ASC created the Unsung Hero award to honour a person or group who exemplifies science communication and who has not yet received significant recognition for their contributions.
Kylie Walker was recognised as the 2015 winner for her significant […]

President’s update

Thanks to Joan Leach for the update.
The Conference is just about now!
I spent a very productive hour this week listening to the new Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, AO, give his maiden speech at the press club. I’m now looking forward even more to his plenary opening of the ASC conference in Brisbane on the […]