Science storytelling: ASC Victoria AGM at the Laborastory, Wednesday 2 December‏

Come join ASC Victoria for our last hurrah of 2015 as we celebrate with our AGM followed by some of the best science stories of the year at the Laborastory.

The Laborastory brings together five scientists from different fields to tell the remarkable stories of the heroes of their field. Each story is just ten short […]

Reminder – ASC AGM and Special General Meeting – call for proxies

Reminder – the ASC AGM is coming up (Canberra, 19 November 2015) and a Special General Meeting (Canberra, 18 November 2015).
Please see below for event details. If you can’t make it in person, please nominate a proxy:

Download and complete the proxy form, and ensure a copy of this form is with your proxy to take […]

Book Review: Houston, We Have a Narrative by Randy Olson

“Houston, we have a problem.” This line from Ron Howard’s fiction film about the Apollo 13 space accident needs no introduction. In reality, however, astronaut Jim Lovell made a slightly different report to NASA Mission Control on April 13, 1970: “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”
So did Hollywood get it wrong? The line in the film is not […]

The demise of science journalism and rise of science communication?

Are you a science journalist or a science communicator?
For people outside the science communication sphere, this question might seem like an exercise in splitting hairs, but for those of us whose day-to-day lives are embedded in this arena, it’s actually quite important.
However it can be difficult to find clear, unassailable points of distinction that distinguish […]

President’s Update

Thank you to Joan Leach for the President’s Update.
Save the date! 11 March 2016
I’m very pleased to announce that the next ASC conference will be in Brisbane in March 2016. We have tried to tie in our next meeting with the World Festival of Science so that our members who are involved can make their […]

Volunteer for Pint of Science!

Thanks Emma Ceccato for this opportunity!
Are you interested in sharing science with the public?
Do you enjoy relaxing with friends at the pub?
If the answer to both is YES, then Pint of Science Australia is for you!
Pint of Science is an international festival that aims to showcase the amazing research of local scientists to the general public in the relaxed venue of […]

ASC online shop

Thanks to George Aranda for the story behind the new ASC shop!
In October the ASC-Victoria organised an event for The Martian. To celebrate this event I asked James Hutson how he felt about putting together a t-shirt, around the great line in the film “I’m going to have to SCIENCE the shit out of this.” […]

Meet the Scientists event – NSW

Unwind with a FREE DRINK courtesy of your local ASC, nibble finger food and enervate your neurons with the ASC NSW Christmas event, as we chat with well-known scientists who are successfully communicating their research. We’ll ask them why they f*king love communicating science, how they do it, and we’ll challenge them to describe decades […]

Now ex-Scope Editor!

It’s been two years and four months since I first took up the post as Editor of the ASC newsletter, Scope. A lot of things have happened in that time… Ebola outbreaks, Royal births, water on Mars and Australia on its fourth Prime Minister for the period. Closer to home, the previous 28 months have […]

Event review: The Laborastory

Thanks to George Aranda for the event review!
“I had the good fortune of being part of a special edition of “The Laborastory” for National Science Week. The organisers of this local monthly staple of science storytelling stepped up and convened the event at St Michael’s Uniting Church in Melbourne’s CBD. Some 600 people turned up […]