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Cribb in the Canberra Times today

A terrific op-ed from Julian Cribb in the Canberra Times today which made me think about the IA conference last week. The impact of science on policy is perhaps the biggest issue in science communication in Australia and globally right now. Yet it’s one that is probably hard for IA to catalyse given it’s a government program.


Science has been marginalised by governments for too long and needs a strong national voice.
The evidence is mounting that Australian science is once more lost in the dark ages of political neglect and disfavour.
To the average Australian that might not seem to matter very much, but the more thoughtful may no doubt reflect on the likely cost to the nation of not understanding our own environment, falling behind other advanced countries and not making national decisions on a sound evidential base…
One of the contributing reasons to the long, slow slide into marginality of Australian science is its perpetual inability to speak out clearly, frankly, forcefully and often about the importance of science to the future of Australia and the dangers of ignoring it…
…But when you look at who speaks for Australian science, you find, almost always, they are on the government payroll in one way or another. The academies, the universities, the funding bodies, the science agencies, the Cooperative Research Centres are all beholden to government funding and fearful of its loss should they earn political displeasure by saying the things science often has to say, which are not always pleasing to the political ear. Only the Federation of Scientific and Technological Societies has a relatively independent voice, and it is neither very loud nor forceful…
Julian then talks about a potential solution.

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Publishing Assistant, COSMOS

*Publishing Assistant*

This is an entry level administration role that gives a great insight into the world of magazine publishing and is an excellent way to break into the industry.

Luna Media is a innovative online and print science publishing house. Being a small publishing house we are seeking to recruit a publishing assistant who is keen to contribute to the success of the business.

Reporting to the Publisher, the role will help keep the wheels running smoothly, from managing the office administration, reception, subscriptions management, chasing advertising material and managing trade shows and events. There are also occasional after hours events and exhibtions that you will need to attend during the year.

The ideal candidate will have a key eye for detail and great communication skills, computer literacy (in Word, Excel and Outlook) and an interest in the publishing industry. An interest in science is seen as an advantage.

You will be well organised and able to handle multiple tasks and prioritise your workload. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) and have an ability to take initiative, think ahead, and work well under pressure.

If you meet the above requirements, please apply in writing with a cover letter and CV to:

*Publishing Assistant position* *Attention: Kylie Ahern, Publisher* *PO Box 302, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012* * * or email* jobs AT cosmosmagazine dot com*

*Please note that applications without a covering letter will be automatically rejected.*

Applications close Friday 21st January 2011

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Or visit http://www.seek.com.au/Job/publishing-assistant/in/sydney/18837379

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Ockham’s Razor on importance of science communication

The case for Open Science Ockham’s Razor, ABC Radio National, 9.1.2011 http://www.abc.net.au/rn/ockhamsrazor/stories/2011/3089284.htm

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