I am pleased to announce that the ASC has signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) with the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS).
AIPS runs the nationwide Young Tall Poppy Science Awards. Selection criteria for these awards include outstanding research / academic achievement as well as excellence in communication and community engagement to promote an understanding of science. For more information about these awards visit http://www.aips.net.au/tall-poppies/tall-poppy-campaign/.
The winners of these awards participate in education and community outreach programs. The ASC has been looking for ways to involve the award winners in our branch events and national conference. The LoA will help this to happen as it states that a Tall Poppy’s participation in an ASC event will count towards their obligation to particulate in at least two outreach activities in the year following their award.
I will encourage ASC branches to develop events involving the Tall Poppy winners. Such events could explore the stratagems used by these early career scientists to communicate their work and what tools they seek to improve their skills.
The main points of the LoA follow:
“ASC and AIPS recognise:
- the need to build connections between scientists and science communicators;
- the need for professional development for both scientists and science communicators in science communication;
- the importance of partnerships to further science communication objectives; and
- the need to reward and celebrate science communication excellence.
ASC and AIPS agree that:
- A Tall Poppy forum or other joint event will be held annually where possible in each State and Territory of Australia as a professional development initiative for ASC members and for the young scientists involved;
- The Tall Poppy Campaign will liaise with relevant State & Territory chapters of ASC to make this happen; and
- A Tall Poppy’s participation in such an event will count towards their obligation to participate in at least two outreach activities in the year following their Award
In addition, efforts to cross promote our mutual objectives will be made in any such initiatives, and our achievements will be reviewed after one year of operation of this agreement.”