And the winner is – the outcomes of the 2015 ASC Grants Program announced!

I am pleased to announce the recipients of the following ASC Professional Development Grants for 2015 are:

Donna undertook an online UC Berkeley Writing Course and Jaclyn went to the 2015 Conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association

  • The Peter Pockley Grant for Professional Development in Investigative Journalism was awarded to Emma Donnelly.

Emma used this grant to undertake some professional development work with ABC RN in Brisbane, specifically working with the producers of ‘Conversations‘.

  • The new Cosmos Media Grant for Professional Development in Feature Writing was awarded to Upulie Divisekera.

Upulie used this grant to undertake two feature writing workshops.

  • The Science Alert Social Media Internship was awarded to Jacinta Bowler

Jacinta undertook her internship during December 2015. Since undertaking this internship, Jacinta has had a some of her work published on the Science Alert website and Facebook page and continues to build a working relationship with the staff.

Please join me in congratulating our members on their awards and we look forward to hearing about their PD in coming weeks and months through the Scope e-newsletter.

A whopping 27 applications were received this year, up from 6 last year. Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit an application, if only we could have offered you all a grant, but let it be known that our review panel did struggle with picking the final recipients.

It was also great to see such a vast array of members from all over Australia take up this opportunity. I am happy to provide feedback on your application if required, please email and I’ll email you back with what feedback I have from the reviewers.

If you want to be involved in the administering and managing the program or to offer a grant, now is the time to make contact with me.

Once again a big thank you to the executive council for being so supportive of this program and to Cosmos Media and Science Alert for offering sponsored grants.


Ian McDonald, ASC Grants Program Manager (2014, 2015)

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About Ian McDonald

I have a strong research, education and communication background. I thoroughly enjoy writing and presenting about topics relevant to the community, such as environmental and ecological research, health and medical research, along with public policy and legislation. I have combined these powers to help engage the public with knowledge through blog posts, magazine articles, podcasts, videos, social media pages, presentations and running large scale community based events. I have been working professionally as a Science Communicator in Canberra since 2009.

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