President’s Update

Risk communication – when traditional communications don’t work
With thanks to Dr Craig Cormick, President, Australian Science Communicators
I have been doing a lot of work on risk communications lately – demonstrating to scientists why standing up in front of a community group with the best scientific data sometimes doesn’t mean very much – and I thought it worth […]

Congratulations to the 2017 ASC Unsung Hero of Science Communication!

The 2017 Unsung Hero of Science Communication is….
Kylie Andrews
Kylie Andrews is the hidden, unstoppable driving force behind the major citizen science projects that have enthused the Australian public during National Science Week, every year since 2009, with great success but very little public recognition.
Kylie works in the science unit formerly known as ABC Science, now […]

Lessons from my COSMOS internship

I heard my name and the applause started.
As I walked to the front of the room to collect the award there was something I hoped my smile concealed – I felt like a fraud.
Over the previous two years, I’d become increasingly interested in the communication of science. I had started a blog, produced a fun […]

Science journalists gather in San Francisco

By Bianca Nogrady
“With science under attack, should science journalists get off the sidelines?”
This was the question posed by a House of Commons-style debate held at the World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco in October. But with the spectre of Trump and all that his administration represents looming large over the conference, it was […]

A brief note from now ex-SCOPE editor, Tara Roberson

This December I’m resigning from the SCOPE team after two wonderful years editing the ASC newsletter.
When I first applied for the editor role in 2015, I was a relatively recent recruit to science communication. I was mid-way through my Masters of Communication (Science) and had just commenced work as the communication officer at the ARC […]

Official notice of the ASC AGM, Canberra, 19 December 2017

The ASC AGM is coming up in Canberra (and also online) on Tuesday 19 December 2017.
The 2017 AGM is an opportunity for members to hear about the year’s events at the national level, and to have their say about what should happen in the year to come. It also includes reports from the President and […]

Position vacant: Scope Editor

Have your finger on the pulse, gain new skills, make a difference to ASC

Location: anywhere in Australia with broadband internet access

Honorarium: $150 (+GST if you are registered) per issue, with the expectation of 11 to 12 issues produced per year.

Scope is the monthly online newsletter of the Australian Science Communicators (ASC), a network of […]

2017 ASC Grants Program recipients

After another year of high quality applications and a rigorous review process, we are pleased to announce the following winners of the 2017 grants program:
The ASC Professional Development Grant worth $600 was awarded to student member Shanii Austin.
Shanii will be using the grant to assist in attending the 2018 Public Communication of Science and Technology […]

President’s Update

With thanks to Dr Craig Cormick, President, Australian Science Communicators
So it was pretty awesome watching Dr Jenny Graves win this year’s Prime Minister’s Prize for Science at Parliament House. Not only because she is the first female to win the prize in her own right, not only because she is still being busily active at 75, […]

President’s Update: Critical Thinking Lessons from the Same Sex Marriage Debate

With thanks to Dr Craig Cormick, President, Australian Science Communicators
Listening to the arguments being made about Same Sex Marriage causes me to ponder how well critical thinking is being used in public debate. Some of the flawed arguments that are being made – predominantly by the No side it has to be said – are similar […]