Inspiring Australia National Conference

Dear members,

Some of you will have read in today’s Inspiring Australia newsletter a quick mention of an upcoming National Conference in March 2011 in Melbourne organised by RiAus. In seeking more information I’ve talked with RiAus and agreed to post the following announcement on their behalf. The conference is intended to inform the IA process and RiAus welcomes your input for the conference program.

I hope this information answers some questions raised by the newsletter snippet and we await more detail after the holidays.

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Cheers, Jesse

Jesse Shore

President, Australian Science Communicators, 2011

Here’s the message from RiAus:

Inspiring Australia National Conference

Please save the date for the Inaugural Inspiring Australia National Conference taking place in Melbourne – March 28, 29th 2011.

With the belief that sharing knowledge empowers innovation, the Inspiring Australia initiative aims to build a strong, open relationship between science and society, underpinned by effective communication of science and its uses. As an integral step in driving this strategy forward a science communication conference “Inspiring Australia National Conference” will be hosted on March 28-29th 2011.

It’s intended that this conference program will be developed for science communicators by science communicators. We are interested in hearing your thoughts for discussion topics during the conference. For example: How do we define success in science engagement? How can we better engage regional communities? How will new technologies and infrastructure shape engagement? How are behavioural, knowledge or attitudinal changes best measured? How do we avoid preaching to the converted?

The goal of this conference is to create a collaborative environment to drive the goals of Inspiring Australia forward.

Contact us at to express interest in the conference as a speaker, participant or to simply register your interest in receiving further information.

There will be a digital component to this conference for those who are unable to be in Melbourne on March 28-29th – so even if you won’t be able to attend in Melbourne on those dates, you will be able to participate in the digital program.

Registration will be announced through science communication networks in the new year.

Kathy Granger, PhD

Development Manager, RiAus

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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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