VIC Forum for Practitioners: International approaches to social inclusion, outreach and science communication by universities‏

The Victorian chapter of Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia is delighted to welcome higher education practitioners to a forum with international guest speaker Tricia Jenkins MBE (UK). ASC Victoria is supporting this great event.

The Forum will appeal to those practitioners involved in equity and access, science communication, outreach, community engagement and associated research as well as school staff involved in activities with universities.

There is a global movement of Children’s University activities where traditional producers of knowledge such as universities engage with young people for the purposes of outreach, empowerment or science communication. Australia has a track record of success with rich data sources and innovative approaches.

The Forum is an opportunity to build upon this success and participate in the next wave of Children’s University development, namely:

1. The involvement and empowerment of young people in the co-creation of equity and science communication activities and

2. The identification of the overlaps in the STEM and social inclusion agendas.

The forum will be hosted by the Victorian tertiary Equity Practitioners’ network and Tricia Jenkins MBE, from the International Centre for Excellence in Educational Opportunities at the University of Liverpool, UK and Principal Investigator of the four-year European Union-funded SiS Catalyst Project which completed in December 2014.

Further Information about SiS Catalyst can be found at A copy of the free e-book “Children as Change Agents for the Future of Science and Society” can be downloaded at Page 51 includes a link to a short video about children’s university type activities.

The event is free of charge. To reserve your place or obtain further information, please contact Stephanie McCloskey at or 0415 189169. Please feel free to pass this invitation on to interested colleagues.


9.00 am to 4.00 pm on Friday 8 May 2015
Level 2, Swinburne CBD Campus, Next to St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne

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