Previous ASC national conferences have mixed sessions presenting science with science communication issues and workshops/seminars on techniques.
The 2010 program is a little different. This year we will be emphasizing science reporting and include a new academic/research component. The 2010 conference also hosts the third of our hugely popular Hot Air symposia looking at communicating climate change issues to the public.
ASC President, Tim Thwaites said, “The ASC conference 2010 reflects the ‘coming of age’ of science communication as a serious area of study and employment.”
The sessions over the three days reflect the following themes:
- The Challenges and Future of Communicating Science;
- Reporting and Communicating Complex Issues to a Lay Audience; and
- The Use of Social Media and the Arts in Communicating Science.
This year’s conference will actively include a social media component both in the program and in communicating to the ASC membership in web-based discussions before and after. Not forgetting a strong program of social events for more informal discussions in Canberra’s finest cafes and restaurants.