Thanks to Kali Madden for this information and for setting up the new members only LinkedIn discussion group!
Did you know that the Australian Science Communicators (ASC) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year?
As the Australian national industry body for all those who make science and technology accessible, many national and international science communication efforts have been stimulated and nourished by members of the ASC past and present in a myriad of ways.
We are a volunteer led Not For Profit membership association with branches around Australia and strong international links through board memberships and the affiliations of our members.
To cater to the varied preferences of members and supporters the ASC maintains multiple networks and communities alongside numerous gatherings and events, including biennial conferences http://2014conf.asc.asn.au/.
Our online communities, networks and resources include:
- very popular mailing list service free to all with posting rights for financial members only http://www.asc.asn.au/mailing-lists/
- member-driven public facing association website http://www.asc.asn.au/
- member-only curated newsletter ‘s c o p e’
- public community comment and opinion site http://nofunnybusiness.net/
- national database of science engagement activities http://sciencengage.com.au/, and
- other social media channels including this LinkedIn group and a new members-only sub group.
This month this LinkedIn group reached the 1,000 member mark.
To celebrate, and to help us better manage our multiple communities going forward, we have changed this group from a Members-only group (where discussions can only be seen by other group members) to an Open group (where discussions can be seen by anyone on the web and can be shared on other social networking platforms).
For those who have been active contributors in the group to date, THANK YOU! Your interest and contributions make this a valuable and noteworthy group to belong to. Any discussions you created before the group change have been archived and remain visible to existing group members only.
In future, all discussions created by this group are searchable and visible to anyone on the web.
You can learn more about different group types here: http://bit.ly/groupsoverview
In addition, we are excited to announce a new sub group for current financial members of the ASC. We believe this closed member-only group will support serious on-topic conversations that matter to the paid membership, whilst still allowing the broader general public conversation of non financial members interested in science communication via the open group.
All current members of the ASC will receive a personal invitation to join the new members sub group.
If you are not currently a member of the ASC but wish to be a part of the new member-only sub group and other ASC online communities then you may join online here: http://bit.ly/joinASC
We have not yet developed community guidelines for our ever growing community, but ask that for now you consider these ones from the Conversation: http://bit.ly/communitystndrds
We will use the guidelines above to moderate this group where appropriate and look at creating custom community guidelines in the near future.
If you’d like to contribute or comment please email firstname.lastname@example.org.