President’s Update September 2018

We need to have a very serious talk about gender
Dr Craig Cormick
President, Australian Science Communicators
Rather than quote lots of facts and figures at you about the problems with portrayal of gender in science communications, I’m going to rely on the super powers of metaphor  and talk about the super hero Black Widow. You know the character […]

Science Express at the Sydney Science Festival

A Science Communication professional development evening at the Sydney Science Festival – Review by Astha Singh
Nine young and upcoming science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) researchers took over ‘The Lab’ at the Powerhouse Museum (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences) on 15th August. The agenda was to have conversations with a full house about how […]

President’s Update August 2018

Another Bloody Conference?
My wife hears me say that too often during the course of a year when I’ve been invited to attend another conference. And often they involve a lot more travel than I prefer, a lot more preparation that is done for free, and a lot more grumbling about having to miss out on things […]

ASC Conference 2018 – Call for Session Producers (including workshops and socials)

Calling all potential Session Producers (including Workshops and Social Events) for the upcoming 2018 National Conference to be held in Sydney in November.

The theme for ASC2018 is “Elevate Engage Collaborate” and we will be particularly interested in session proposals (includes workshops and social activities), papers, case studies and posters that speak to this theme.

This information […]

Presidents Update July 2018

What is all the fuss about behavorial economics?
Dr Craig Cormick
President
Have you bumped into anyone use behavioural economics to underpin a science communication strategy, and thought what has sci-comms got to do with economics?
Well let me tell you a story…
You might recall about ten years ago they world went through a serious recession known as the […]

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Kavli Science Journalism Awards

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is now accepting entries for the Kavli Science Journalism Awards until 1 August 2018.
The awards recognize outstanding reporting for a general audience on the sciences, engineering and mathematics. Stories on the environment, energy, science policy and health qualify, if they discuss underlying scientific concepts in a substantive way.
Entries must have […]

US Postdoc Adventure

This month we are delighted to hear from Vicki Martin, writing to us a year into her US postdoc adventure. 
It’s been a year since my family and I moved to beautiful Ithaca, N.Y. for me to take up a 2-year Rose Postdoctoral Research Associate position at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I’m here to continue research on […]

2018 ASC Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 ASC Grants Program.
Lydia Hales was awarded the ASC Professional Development grant worth $600 which will go towards her travels to Europe where she will be attending the 5th European Conference of Science Journalists in Toulouse, France and the EuroScience Open Forum, held in Toulouse.
Two members will also […]

Presidents Update June 2018

President’s Message
Dr Craig Cormick
 
Why science is rarely taken into consideration in political decisions
Sorry scientists, but here’s a hard truth – when it comes to most policy decisions, science is rarely a major consideration.
Take the recent decision not to cull wild horses in New South Wales high country parks. The evidence is clear that wild horses […]

President’s Update May 2018

Dr Craig Cormick
PCST Summary
For those members not fortunate enough to have attended the recent Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) conference in Dunedin, in New Zealand (or those who attended and got distracted by the local sites), I want to share some of the highlights and my thoughts.
In 50 words or less: the conference […]