List of ASC branch events 2010

ASC branch events 2010 (incomplete list of events) ACT, NSW, SE-QLD, SA, VIC, WA

ACT (7)

May – The science of… art

Join Tim Wetherell, a sculptor and science writer, and Jessica Miller, a visual artist and scientific illustrator, for a colourful and close-up exploration of the links between science and art.

We’ll also be launching the year’s program of events, so come and find out what other exciting events we have planned for the year.

Where: CSIRO Discovery, Clunies Ross St, Acton.
When: Monday 10 May from 6pm

May – Discovery After Dark

18 May 2010; 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. After hours fun at CSIRO Discovery Centre. Come along for music and cocktails while letting your inner child run free on the Discovery floor.

CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross St, Acton

June – How to improvise: workshop event

We do it everyday… so we may as well be better at it! We’re talking about improvising. A skill that helps you express yourself, be creative and communicate better.

Join ASC and Reid Workman from Impro ACT for a fun, challenging and active impro(visation) workshop.

Where: CSIRO Discovery, Clunies Ross St, Acton.
When: Wednesday 23 June from 6pm

July – Canberra’s Sustainable House visit

Join Nick and Sarah for a tour of their house in Ainslie that is carbon neutral and draws no water from the mains. In 2007, they were the winners of the ACT Sustainable Cities Award, Residential Category. See and hear about the solar heating, innovative biological greywater treatment system that treats all household waste water, and the first and only approved waterless composting toilet in residential Canberra.

When: Sunday 11 July, 11am -12:30pm
Where: 240 Duffy St, Ainslie

July – Translating science into action

1 July 2010; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Date: Thursday 1 July from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm

Venue: CSIRO Discovery, Black Mountain site, Clunies Ross St, Acton

Science is a discipline that can make a major difference to society, but scientific results often need some help to be translated into actions. This joint event considers the different disciplines that help convert science content into actions in the community.

July – Pies at the pub for Pi Day

22 July 2010; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Join ASC members for pies at the pub and maths games and entertainment for Pi Day 22 July

November – Event: ‘Innovate and communicate’ + Canberra AGM

24 November 2010; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Join ASC Canberra to hear James Bradfield Moody talk about the emerging new wave of innovation and participate in the ASC Canberra Annual General Meeting

NSW (5)

February – AGM NSW

Topic for discussion is the potential implications of the Inspiring Australia report for science communicators

SPECIAL GUEST! – National President, Dr Jesse Shore.

DATE: Monday 15th February TIME: 6.30 – 8 PM

May – WHAT’S THE BUZZ? TRENDS IN SCIENCE DOCUMENTARIES Alison Leigh, Editorial Director, World Congress of Science & Factual Producers

Monday May 17th, 6.30 – 8 PM.

Clarendon Hotel, 156 Devonshire St, Surry Hills

Science and Natural History Programming has become fashionable again in the international market place. So what’s out there breaking new ground and making people talk ? What’s hot and what’s not? What’s on the way up and what’s on the way down? We take a look at clips from some of the most outstanding and successful science TV programs of 2009 from the perspective of the international production  community. What will the Australian science communication industry make of them?

June – Successful Freelancing for Science Communicators – Valerie Khoo and Bianca Nogrady

The NSW Branch of the Australian Science Communicators is pleased to invite all members and guests to our June 10th meeting:
DATE: Thursday 10th June PLACE: Clarendon Hotel at 156 Devonshire St Surry Hills (5 min walk up from Central Station) TIME: 6:30pm for 7:00pm


Jenni Metcalfe – convenor, Hot Air Symposia.

Tuesday August 10th, 6.30 PM

Clarendon Hotel, 156 Devonshire St, Surry Hills Members free, non-members $10

Why are more Australians becoming climate sceptics? How should we use science to communicate about climate change and other risky environmental issues? Can we do it badly? How can we do it well?

November – Making Science as pervasive as Sports

ASC NSW branch – November get-together
Dennis Schatz, Pacific Science Centre, Seattle, Washington State, USA
Tuesday 30TH NOV, 6.30 – 8 PM Clarendon Hotel – Upstairs 156 Devonshire St, Surry Hills

Description: If we want a STEM literate public, then we need to focus on more than what happens in primary and secondary education where people spend only 3% of their lives. This means making STEM a lifelong, life-wide and life-deep activity ­ just like sports. Dennis Schatz, Senior VP at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Wash., describes his institution’s activities that seek to attain this dream.

SE-Qld (3)

March – ASC AGM for South East Queensland Members

your attendance and feedback is vital for the future health of the group!

When: 6pm for 6.30pm start, Tuesday 30 March, 2010.

July – Speed networking – like speed dating with science – a social networking opportunity

Regatta hotel main Bar, Thursday July 1, 6 pm

October – Science of beer and meet other science communication folk

SE-QLD Event: Science of beer and meet other science communication folk
Beer… the 3rd most consumed beverage in the world and arguably the oldest alcoholic drink in existence. Join the South East Queensland branch of ASC for a tour of the XXXX Brewery. After the tour enjoy a few samples of the amber liquid and a BBQ dinner while networking with fellow science communicators. When: Wednesday 13 October Time: 6.30pm Where: XXXX Brewery, Milton.

SA (6)

July – Evaluating Effectiveness ASCSA event Adelaide July 19 2010

19 July 2010; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. On Monday 19 July we held an event at the Science Exchange on evaluating science communication activities.

September – ASCSA media training workshop 6 Sept- Adelaide

[ 6 September 2010; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Australian Science Communicators SA Event ASCSA media training workshop With Rob Morrison Date: Monday 6 September Time: 6pm-9pm Venue: RiAus Main Auditorium The Science Exchange Exchange Place Adelaide

September – ASCSA Event 20 Sept. There’s more to the zoo than Pandas…

[ 20 September 2010; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Australian Science Communicators SA (ASCSA) Event

There’s more to the Zoo than Pandas: the Zoo’s role in Conservation

Date: Monday, 20th September, 2010 Time: 6pm – 8pm Venue: Adelaide Zoo

October – ASCSA event: Flinders Centre for Science Education 18/10

[18 October 2010; 6:31 pm to 8:31 pm. ] Australian Science Communicators SA (ASCSA) Event

The Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century

Speakers: Bob Buxton and Mark Ward MC- Richard Musgrove

Date: Monday October 18th, 2010 Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm Venue: RiAus, Science Exchange, Exchange Place, Adelaide

November – ASCSA Video editing workshop (1/11/10)

[ 1 November 2010; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] ASCSA Video Production Workshop With Josh Cockfield, Rob Morrison, Deane Hutton and Steve Kern

Date: Monday 1st November 2010

Time: 6pm-9pm

Venue: RiAus main auditorium

Video is a powerful communication tool and is no longer the sole domain of TV stations and established production companies.

December – ASC AGM and ASCSA end of year get together 13 Dec

[ 13 December 2010; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] ASC Annual General Meeting and Quiz Night Date: Monday 13th December, 2010 Time: 6:00pm – 9:30pm Venue: RiAus, Science Exchange, Exchange Place, Adelaide

VIC (2)

April – What do the public really think? + Victorian AGM

[ 20 April 2010; 6:00 pm; ]

part 1: ASC Victorian Branch AGM 6pm for 6.15pm. Free drink for all members in attendance.
part II: What do the public really think?: public surveys, polls and focus groups 6.45pm for 7pm.

The Victorian branch is due for an annual general meeting to renew and refresh our committee. Please come along and so help to shape the ASC locally. We’d love more passionate communicators to get involved.

August – Science Centric 2010 in Melbourne

[ 10 August 2010; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] Australian Science Communicators, Victoria is pleased to present: Science Centric 2010.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Do you explain, teach, present, write, blog, twitter, film, illustrate, animate or otherwise communicate science or technology, news, ideas, concepts or research?

This will be great chance for some face to face networking. Bring along your colleagues

WA (6)

April – AGM

where the activities of the past year and those for the coming year are discussed. We will also vote on the state committee. If you have any items you wish to discuss, or you would like to nominate for the committee (or a specific position), please email Sarah Lau (

Where: Botanical Café, Kings Park (parking available behind café and function centre)

Date: Thursday 29 April 2009

July – EVALUATION WORKSHOP – best practice in evaluation techniques: Australian Science Communicators WA Branch and National Science Week WA present evaluation training workshop Session 1 ­ planning for evaluation and best practice in evaluation.

October – ASC-WA goes wild at Perth Zoo

On Friday 15 October, ASC-WA members were treated to an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ event at Perth Zoo.

October – Evaluation Worksop – session 2

25 October, Time: 8.30am Location: Curtin University

24 November – Quizalicious – get your quiz on! Time: 6.30pm Location: Rosie O’Grady’s Pub – Northbridge

10 December – End of Year Celebration and lunch with guest speaker WA Chief Scientist

Time: 12.30pm Location: Botanicals Cafe, Kings Park Cost: $73 – ASC MEMBERS ONLY EVENT

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About Jesse Shore

Jesse Shore is passionate about engaging the community with science and in looking for ways to weave together the arts and sciences. He has been developing science based exhibitions and events since 1984, and was President of the Australian Science Communicators from 2010-2012. His business, Prismatic Sciences, produced five travelling exhibitions for the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for the 2011 International Year of Chemistry and he manages the ongoing national tour. He previously worked at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney as an exhibition project leader and Senior Curator of sciences. While at the museum he was one of the founders of the Ultimo Science Festival, a major National Science Week activity. He is currently collaborating with an artist to create artworks which have a science slant.

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