President’s Update

Thank you to Joan Leach for the President’s Update.
Coonabarabran, NSW
I just had an amazing weekend at StarFest at Siding Spring Observatory in the Warrumbungles; inspiring to see the observatory at work after it was threatened by fire in 2013. They’ve added a renewed exhibition space and there was a lot of energy around the research. […]

Reflections on the art of parallel worlds

Because I’m the kind of vain person who thinks themselves capable of just waltzing into an art festival and setting up their own installation without any relevant qualifications or experience, let me begin by quoting myself: “Here’s a secret about making art: it’s actually really, really easy.”
That’s a line from my interactive, choose-your-own-adventure-style event, “A […]

Visual science communicators

A little while ago (read: 12 months) I put a call out for recommendations for visual science communicators – here’s who I found!
Sarah Abbott – Mountain Creek Media |
Biotext |
Design, publishing – four designers 
Mats Björklund – Magicpics |
Multimedia, animation, illustration
Samuel Chen – Walking Story |
Video, multimedia and more.
Lea Crosswell | 0409 255 691
Design, print
Levent […]

Science communication stars at the Eurekas

Thank you to Bianca Nogrady for this article.
It’s fitting that, at the so-called Oscars of Australian science, your entrée is described as a ‘gastronomical geode’ that must be excavated from a box of edible dirt.
Eureka winner Renae Sayers
As amusing as that was, it was but a minor moment in a night that delivered plenty of […]

President’s Update

Get ready for #ASC2017
After reviewing some fantastic bids for our 2017 conference, I am excited to announce that the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is our host.
ASC will come together on February 23-24 next year in Adelaide at the Science Exchange. Right in the middle of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, if you’d like to make […]

ASC reflection: Deceptology

ASC member Sarah Turnbull won free tickets to Nicholas J Johnson’s show (also an ASC Member), Deceptology, as part of the Melbourne Magic Festival in July. She wrote up this reflection of attending:
When Nicholas J Johnson opened his act by making his head expand and then shrink, I found myself giggling with delight.
Deceptology, which was […]

ASC Reflection – SCINEMA 2016

Julia Cleghorn, ASC Victoria committee member and movie lover reflected on attending SCINEMA this year:
On a chilly Saturday afternoon in Melbourne, ASC-Vic members joined a relaxed bunch of science-movie buffs at the RMIT Cinema for the premier of the 2016 SCINEMA International Science Film Festival.
It was a long-ish event – over three hours in total, […]

New global science of learning website launches

International publishing group Nature Research has launched a global online community dedicated to improving knowledge on the science of learning, in partnership with The University of Queensland.
The npj Science of Learning Community website is a space for communicators, teachers, policymakers and scientists working in neuroscience, education and psychology to discuss how to enhance learning in schools.
The […]

ASC Constitution, 2015 Special General Meeting and 2015 AGM

The ASC Constitution was reviewed and adopted at a Special General Meeting in Canberra on 18 November 2015.
The Constitution is available here.
The minutes from the Special General Meeting are available here.
The ASC Annual General Meeting was held on 19 November 2015.
The minutes from the Annual General meeting are available here.
For queries and corrections, please contact […]

President’s Update

Thank you to Joan Leach for the President’s Update.
National Science Week
There is currently a nearly manic preparation going on for National Science Week all around me. Every ASC member I know is readying themselves for a week plus of activity. To all of us I say ‘courage’ and ‘break a leg’.  It would be dangerous […]