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Deputy Editor, COSMOS (Sydney)

*Australia’s #1 science magazine seeks a Deputy Editor.*

COSMOS is a stylish magazine of breadth and ambition – literary in its journalism, global in scope and visually lush. It reaches 400,000 readers a month via a bi-monthly print and digital magazine, a daily online news website and a weekly e-newsletter.

Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, the role helps influence the shape of COSMOS: developing story ideas, commissioning writers, editing and writing articles, and maintaining the high standard for which COSMOS is renowned. Reporting to you will be the Online Editor, the Assistant Editor and the Editorial Assistant, as well as the Art Director and other casual editorial staff.

The right applicant will be an intelligent self-starter with a talent for writing and a fascination for science. You must be highly organised, a team player who is not afraid to get your hands dirty. A degree in science would be an advantage, as would experience with blogs and social media.

Based in offices in inner-Sydney, the COSMOS team is friendly, enthusiastic and keen to excel. Luna Media is a small, award-winning publisher widely recognised as an industry innovator. You would be a key player who would contribute directly to the development and success of the magazine and the company. Opportunity to write and occasional travel in Australia and overseas.


– Work closely with the Editor-in-Chief, developing stories and ideas – Research, commission and edit articles – Manage day-to-day editorial operations and workflow – Deal with freelance writers – Represent COSMOS at events – Deputise for the Editor-in-Chief in his absence


– A self-starter with excellent organisational skills – Reliable, responsible, with a strong work ethic – An elegant writer who loves quality journalism and is brimming with ideas – Can meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment – Has a fascination for science and good journalism – Has a friendly attitude and is a team player – Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a journalist in a magazine or other media environment

DEADLINE: Monday 24 January 2011. Salary commensurate with experience.

*Please note: This is not an entry-level position. You must show examples of your previous work and show that you can handle the challenge of a fast-paced job in a newsroom.*

If you meet the above requirements, please apply in writing with …

1) a detailed cover letter explaining why you want the job

2) a resume or CV

3) writing samples

*Applications failing to comply with the three requirements above will not be considered*.

Email your application to *jobs at cosmosmagazine dot com*

OR post it to:

*Deputy Editor position Attention: Wilson da Silva, Editor-in-Chief COSMOS PO Box 302 Strawberry Hills NSW 2012*

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Your feedback on “Science and the Media” report

Dear ASCers

The “Expert working group on science and the media” set up by DIISR as part of their Inspiring Australia initiative has produced a draft summary report for discussion and feedback. You’ll find the draft report on the Inspiring Australia website http://www.innovation.gov.au/Science/InspiringAustralia/Pages/Inspiring Australia.aspx> including details about the composition of the working group and their terms of reference.

Your thoughts and ideas regarding the review and recommendations proposed in the draft are welcome – please send feedback directly to me by 21 January. A longer final report will be produced within the next two months.

As part of the review process we are also running a survey of science journalists working for mainstream media, which will be completed on 21 January. Please let me know if you are a working science (or environment, health, technology) reporter and have not heard about the survey. For those who have been science journalists but no longer work for mainstream media outlets, we are planning to design a specific survey for you. The aim of the surveys is to monitor trends in science reporting in Australia.

Best wishes


Dr Susannah Eliott

Chief Executive Officer

Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC)

Street address: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, ADELAIDE SA 5000

Postal address: PO Box 237, RUNDLE MALL SA 5000

Ph: (08) 7120 8660 | Fax: (08) 8231 7333 | www.aussmc.org http://www.aussmc.org/

The Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) is an independent, non-profit service for the news media, giving journalists direct access to evidence-based science and expertise. The national centre is advised by a Science Advisory Panel and governed by a Board of Management. It is supported by a wide variety of sectors with each contribution capped at 10% of total running costs. Foundation sponsors are the ABC, APN News & Media, CSIRO, Fairfax Media Ltd, the Govt of SA, Innovative Research Universities Australia, Media Monitors, News Ltd, New South Wales Govt, Orica Ltd, Queensland Govt, ResMed Inc, the Royal Institution of Australia, the State Govt of Victoria, Network Ten and the University of Melbourne. Gold Sponsors are the Australian Academy of Science, ATSE, Cisco Systems Inc., CSL Ltd, IBM Australia, Shell Australia Ltd and the University of Adelaide. Supporters include AMTA, Flinders University, Johnson Winter & Slattery, Microsoft Pty Ltd, O’Loughlins Lawyers and the Powerhouse Museum.

Disclaimer: Please note that any views expressed are the personal opinions of the experts named. They do not represent the views of the AusSMC or any other organisation unless specifically stated. The AusSMC attempts to provide a range of views from the scientific community. The AusSMC can help journalists find an expert on a topical area of science. For more details, contact us.

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Update from the Science and Factual Filmmakers Network

Happy Christmas to all ASC members.

I¹m posting this brief update about the Science and Factual Filmmakers Network, to whet your appetites for 2011. The network has been fairly quiet this year but all for a good reason! Behind the scenes I have been busy trying to figure out how to build and strengthen what it does, and also set in place some new projects for 2011. I hope many of these will interest list members and look forward to your feedback.

A Shooter’s Guide to Making Science Films – This handy, pocket-sized ŒShooters Guide¹ is aimed at helping researchers create films about their work. The first edition will be published in time for university ŒO Week¹ in mid-February, at which time it will be available in hard copy and also as a PDF download from the ANU website. If you have experience in film-making and would like to provide feedback on the draft version please let me know. You¹ll get a free copy and your name in the acknowledgments!

Training for beginning film-makers – Hands-on training sessions will be offered for beginning science film-makers, to provide basic skills and support and get people familiar with the process behind making a film. If you’re located in Canberra we’ll be kicking off first with some free sessions at ANU, subsidised by the Colleges of Science. Other sessions will be offered progressively during the year, depending on interest and institutional support. If you¹d like to see some film training sessions come to your area/ institution, please let me know.

The Science Film Challenge ­ Thanks to ANU we¹ll be offering a new science and factual film-making competition for individuals or teams, with some great prizes of cash and equipment attached. Based on our current funding, you’ll need to include at least one member from the ANU community on your team! So get networking now, or contact me if you’d like to be put in touch with researchers on campus. Alternately, if you¹d like to offer this type of competition across your own networks/institution, then please get in touch.

Help needed!

This Network needs mentors, sponsors and supporters. The purpose of the network is to help emerging film-makers create and complete science-related projects, and to assist researchers to tell their stories through film, video and mashups. The idea is to make resources and opportunities available to as wide a subset of interested people as possible, and create pathways into science media production. This all depends on sourcing external support and assistance, which can help to nurture new talent and provide guidance and advice. So, if you can offer ideas, provide resources or funding, have opportunities coming up that network members should know about, or would be willing to share your experiences with us in 2011, please let me know about it.

2010 member highlights

And of course the year would not be complete without a quick mention of some stellar work done by Network members, who are all beginning film-makers. If I’ve missed you off the list – apologies! Please let me know and I’ll do a second round in the new year.

Congratulations! To Claire Ferrugia for her film The Mars Bar Challenge, which was developed during last year¹s Science Filmmaking Challenge and won best student film at this year’s Scinema Festival.

High fives! To Lish and Nick Fejer who are about to launch Green It Yourself – thanks to the British Council’s Big Green Idea award, this website will feature lots of excellent videos about how to make your home more green-friendly. http://greenityourself.com.au/

Thumbs up! To Sara Rawlinson and the RSES team at ANU, who bravely filmed Seismology on the Move, which is all about the trials and tribulations of being out in the field. This 6min short will be available for viewing online early next year.

That¹s all for 2010! Have a great Christmas break, and see you in the New Year Cheers

Bobby Cerini Consultant in Science Communication & PhD Candidate

The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) A Centre for the National Commission of UNESCO

The Australian National University Building 38A ­ Physics Link Canberra, ACT 0200 Australia CRICOS provider 00120C

Email: bobby.cerini@anu.edu.au Web: http://cpas.anu.edu.au

Telephone: 0415 032 701 or (02) 6125 7634

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Science Exchange

To all ASCr’s,

SCIENCE EXCHANGE: Call for stories Calling anyone with a science story. Got a great idea for a science based documentary or factual production? Science Exchange returns again this year as part of AIDC 2011 in an all new format. The RiAus in association with the Australian International Documentary Conference are calling for anyone with a science story to submit their story ideas to an exclusive forum of international documentary producers and broadcasters. The aim is to create collaborative science-documentary projects for the internet, television and/or feature documentary release. Two winning entries will be given the opportunity to work within one of two teams comprising of a national broadcaster, an international broadcaster, a producer, and a well-known science communicator, to further develop their idea. These two teams will compete and each create a 3 minute, animated pitch for a science factual program. After developing the idea, the teams will pitch their program concepts in front of a live audience and explain why their science story deserves to be told. This is an international program with submissions accepted from all over the world, and an opportunity to see your idea become a documentary series. If you have a great idea for a science-based documentary, submit now. http://screeningroom.org.au/pages/screening-room-home/science-exchange/ Producers are always looking for subjects with:

* Hot Topics (The Future, Energy Alternatives, Medical Advances, The Environment, etc) * Innovative Formats (things never seen or tried before) * Character Hosts (interesting charismatic personalities) * Provocation (challenging topics, alternative viewpoints, controversy) * Excitement (amazing stories, adventure, mystery, travelogue, discovery)

So be creative, and remember to tell your story with a popular-science angle.

For more information visit: http://screeningroom.org.au/pages/screening-room-home/science-exchange/

Your story will be viewed by a team of international broadcasters and producers. If selected, you will be invited to participate in a development workshop and discussion panel based on your idea in Adelaide at the Australian International Documentary Conference 2011.

Submissions close Monday 24th January 2011, and the successful submissions will be announced in early February.

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Dear all

Please find details below of a position available with Questacon Sydney in the new year. Please distribute amongst your networks.

Wishing you all the best for the holiday period and into 2011.

Kind regards,


APS4 – Education Officer (Questacon Sydney)

Position Number: Q87361 Closes: 20 January 2011 Salary: $53,504-$56,542 Contact Officer: Vanessa Gardos on (02) 9209 4110

Location: Sydney

Questacon’s mission is to inspire future scientists and the wider community and enhance awareness and understanding of the contribution of science to Australia’s future.

As Australia’s national science and technology centre, Questacon is committed to providing quality and relevant interactive programs that present science and technology in contemporary contexts and to do so effectively and efficiently. The Questacon Science Squad is a science and technology awareness program that presents entertaining science shows in Sydney to schools, school holiday programs and special events. Questacon Science Play is a science awareness program that is presented to pre-school aged children in regional and remote areas of Australia.

The Education Officer will be based in Sydney and will contribute to Questacon’s goals by assisting in the development and delivery of these Sydney-based Outreach programs.

Duties: The primary focus of this position will be to deliver science and technology based performances and workshops in schools, preschools and other venues to a range of audiences, within the Questacon Science Squad and Questacon Science Play programs, and may also extend to other Outreach projects. The highest priority in the development and delivery of Questacon programs is the health and safety of our staff and participants in our programs.

Note: Possession of full current driver’s licence and the ability to drive a vehicle including hire vehicles.

Non-ongoing vacancy for the period 31 January 2011 to 30 June 2012.

For more information: http://www.questacon.edu.au/recruitment/

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

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Seasons greetings!

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US collaborations, women in science, earth science and science prizes

Dear ASC’ers

I am writing to:

§ Track down great examples of Australia/US science collaborations, and Australian scientists attending the AAAS

§ Alert you to a Women in Science summit to be held in Parliament House, Canberra in the first half of 2011

§ Flag some key dates for prizes, media training for scientists, and other activities in 2011

§ Report briefly on developments at Science in Public – we’re looking for experienced science communicators to join our team

§ Wish you a Merry Christmas

Australia US science

We are contributing to two promotions of Australian science in the USA in February.

The first is assisting the Commonwealth Department of Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research with a US/Australian science showcase for publication by early February.

For this series of information sheets we are looking for examples of

§ great collaborations; eg Skymapper, Parkes (CSIRO/NASA), CSIRO and DuPont, Bushfire CRC, CSIRO/BoM/NOAA, marsupial genomes, food security and biocontrol etc.

§ Australian scientists in leadership roles in the USA eg Elizabeth Blackburn, Richard Gibbs, Bruce Stillman, Terry Tao, Rodney Brooks

§ US scientists in leadership roles in Australia; eg Penny Sackett, Patricia Vickers-Rich, Brian Schmidt, Jerry Adams etc

§ Australian early-career scientists with great results in the USA and vice versa

§ unsung (from a US perspective) Australian science achievements impacting on US society: eg bionic ear, cervical cancer vaccines, Nulka, fast reliable WiFi, cotton varieties, CSF etc

The second activity is a social event for science journalists attending the AAAS conference in Washington DC from 17 to 21 February. We are keen to identify Australian scientists attending the event who would like to be introduced to some of the world’s leading science reporters.

Women in Science and Engineering Summit

The National Commissions in Australia for UNESCO and UNIFEM are working with FASTS – the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies – on a summit to be held in Parliament House in Canberra in the first half of 2011.

The summit will explore what Australia can, and should, do to improve the status of women in science and engineering – in particular encouraging young women to stay in science past PhD into career positions.

Science in Public is assisting with the management of the forum. If you or your colleagues would like more information in the New Year please drop me an email.

Science prizes, media training and other dates

We will again be managing the L’Oréal For Women in Science program in 2011. Nominations will open on 1 April.

Nominations for Fresh Science will open earlier – mid February. For 2011 we are exploring options for State semi-finals before the main event.

We will be holding media training sessions for scientists in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney with the first course on 18 January in Sydney – dates and details at scienceinpublic.com.au/training.

And in July, Melbourne will host a large earth sciences conference – the IUGG (International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics). We are looking for ideas to help us reach the public on the themes of air, fire, earth and water – understanding our planet in all its moods (http://www.scienceinpublic.com.au/category/iugg)

About Science in Public

Science in Public is a science communication consultancy based in Melbourne. I’m the creative director and we now have a team of six including Tim Thwaites – one of Australia’s most experienced science writers. 2010 has been a big year for us with a new office, and some great clients including L’Oréal, the PM’s Prizes team at Questacon, an Australia-China science showcase, media support for a couple of Nature papers on quantum computing and immunology, and conferences on global health, nanotech, and physics.

We’ll be growing in 2011 and we are looking for an experienced science writer/publicist/social media guru to join the team, working out of our office in Spotswood in Melbourne’s west. We welcome recommendations.

Details at http://www.scienceinpublic.com.au/other/science-writerpublicistsocial-media-guru-wanted.

Season’s greetings

Finally on behalf of the team here I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We will be back on deck with a limited crew from 5 January, returning to full strength on 10 January.

Kind Regards,



Niall Byrne

Science in Public has moved to:

82 Hudsons Road, Spotswood Vic 3015

Our postal address is PO Box 2076 Spotswood VIC 3015

Our landline stays the same – 03 9398 1416.

Niall’s mobile: 0417 131 977

Sarah’s mobile: 0413 332 489


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Topic that might spark some Xmas conversation

It might if your family are all nerdy and science communicators, otherwise any online ASC chat migth be post Xmas

Long article in Scientific American titled “Link between science and journalism getting blurry…again.” Covers trust, faith in peer-review process…and more http://tinyurl.com/3axtq7s

Jason Major Manager TechNyou www.technyou.edu.au http://www.technyou.edu.au/ 1800 631 276

Location: Bio21 Institute, 30 Flemington Road, Parkville, 3010 Postal: PO Box 4455, University of Melbourne, Parkville, 3052

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Great Melbourne job opportunity

Posted by Jason Major on behalf of Chris Krishna-PIllay, CSIRO

Hi Everyone

We are currently advertising a science project manager position. It’s a pretty exciting opportunity, so I’d encourage people to check it out.

You can read more about it here < https://recruitment.csiro.au/asp/job_details.asp?RefNo=2010%2F899 https://recruitment.csiro.au/asp/job_details.asp?RefNo=2010%2F899 > https://recruitment.csiro.au/asp/job_details.asp?RefNo=2010%2F899 https://recruitment.csiro.au/asp/job_details.asp?RefNo=2010%2F899 https://recruitment.csiro.au/asp/job_details.asp?RefNo=2010%2F899 https://recruitment.csiro.au/asp/job_details.asp?RefNo=2010%2F899 > > and here < http://www.seek.com.au/Job/project-manager-inspiring-australia/in/melbo urne-bayside-south-eastern-suburbs/18750063 http://www.seek.com.au/Job/project-manager-inspiring-australia/in/melbo urne-bayside-south-eastern-suburbs/18750063> > http://www.seek.com.au/Job/project-manager-inspiring-australia/in/melbou rne-bayside-south-eastern-suburbs/18750063 http://www.seek.com.au/Job/project-manager-inspiring-australia/in/melbo urne-bayside-south-eastern-suburbs/18750063> http://www.seek.com.au/Job/project-manager-inspiring-australia/in/melbo urne-bayside-south-eastern-suburbs/18750063 http://www.seek.com.au/Job/project-manager-inspiring-australia/in/melbo urne-bayside-south-eastern-suburbs/18750063> > > .


Chris KP


Chris Krishna-Pillay

Victorian Manager, CSIRO Education

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