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 […]

Unsung Hero of Australian Science Communication 2017

The Australian Science Communicators
is proud to offer the
Unsung Hero Award of Australian Science Communication
Nominations close at 5pm Adelaide time on Tuesday 31 October 2017.
ASC Unsung Hero Award 2017 Nomination Form – Entry PDF
ASC Unsung Hero Award 2016 Nomination Form – Entry WORD
The Unsung Hero of Australian Science Communication is an initiative of the Australian Science […]

President’s update: The great science joke search

By ASC President Craig Cormick
 
Calling all science communicators…
So it has become abundantly clear that despite many years of work and millions of dollars being invested, the science community has been particularly unsuccessful in developing any breakthrough science jokes. So I am putting out the call to all science communicators to see if we can help […]

2017 ASC Grants Program now open

Better late than never!
We are proud to again launch the ASC Grants Program, now in its fourth year.
This year, three grant opportunities are on offer. Two, worth up to $600 each, are specifically focused towards professional development.
One of these is fairly open to interpretation – anything (within reason) which improves your skills in the SciComm […]

Casual Presenters sought to help deliver (and develop) discovery and science clubs around Sydney

Children’s Discovery seeks to recruit inspiring educators to help us deliver our discovery and science activities. These include our pre-school Little Bang Discovery Club (during school hours), and/or after-school science club activities in various venues around Sydney. There are also full-day programs during school holiday periods.
Key responsibilities

Become trained to deliver high quality discovery science workshops […]

Internship opportunities

The National Wetlands Trust of NZ (NWT) has two volunteer internship opportunities starting as soon as possible. Both internships require a commitment of at least three months and are as follows:
1. Environmental Education Coordinator
Primary objective: To develop an outdoor, wetland-themed environmental education programme for the proposed National Wetland Centre which we are developing at the […]

Winning even if you don’t win

By Paul Holper, Director of Scientell
Recently Scientell won the 2016–17 Monash Business Award in the Micro Business category. My co-Director, Simon Torok, said in his acceptance speech in front of a packed ballroom, ‘We were delighted to have been nominated for this award – and we nominated ourselves, so imagine how excited we are to […]

Resources from “Best Practice Boothing” NSWk Masterclass

ASC-WA held an ASC members-only, free masterclass in the lead up for National Science Week. This masterclass explored case studies, group discussions and handy hints for members to get the most out of their booth and informal engagement strategies in the lead up to and during events like Perth Science Festival.
ASC-WA President Renae Sayers says:
I’m […]

President’s update: Capturing the feel and wonder of science

With thanks to ASC President Craig Cormick

So sure you can research all you want about a NASA rocket launch and find out data on thrust and payload and the science of rocket flight and so on – but none of that really tells you what a NASA rocket launch FEELS like.
And that goes something like […]

Looking for #scicomm mentors

By Lisa Bailey
It’s 3 Minute Thesis season around the country, and I was thinking that they are chock full of potential ASC members! I’m looking for current ASC members who work in these institutions, or who can attend the 3MT finals public events (or any of the training/heats leading up to them in many cases) […]