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Science storytelling: ASC Victoria AGM at the Laborastory, Wednesday 2 December‏

Come join ASC Victoria for our last hurrah of 2015 as we celebrate with our AGM followed by some of the best science stories of the year at the Laborastory.

The Laborastory brings together five scientists from different fields to tell the remarkable stories of the heroes of their field. Each story is just ten short minutes. They tell the tales of the tragedies and triumphs of the men and women who made science their passion, and left legacies of ground-breaking discoveries that inspire the scientists of today.

We have three tables reserved for ASC members to dine together, have a chat and then enjoy The Laborastory’s “Best of” end of year wrap up. This is your opportunity to hear what the ASC has planned for 2016, or to put your hand up for a role on the committee (further information about the AGM below).

No doubt these tickets will be in hot demand, to secure your ticket and spot on the table and have your say on the direction of the ASC for 2016 RSVP to George Aranda george.aranda@deakin.edu.au.

Where: The Spotted Mallard. 314 Sydney Rd, Brunswick http://thelaborastory.com/
When: Wednesday December 2nd , 2015
Time: The AGM will kick off just after 6pm
What: ASC members who attend the AGM get FREE entry into Laborastory and we will shout you a drink.

Need some inspiration? You can catch up on all Laborastories on YouTube before the event.

Victorian Branch AGM – Further Information

Only paid up ASC members can participate in the formal business parts of the evening, including electing Branch Committee. If you can’t make it on the night do send along a proxy so your voice is heard.

Meeting Agenda

·         Confirm minutes from 2014 AGM

·         President’s report (George Aranda)

·         Treasurer’s report (Anneliese Gillard)

·         Nominations for 2016 committee

·         Other business

Branch Committee Positions

·         President

·         Representative on ASC National Executive

·         Secretary

·         Treasurer

·         Ordinary Committee Members


Nominating for committee positions

Nominations for committee positions are open. Self-nominations are acceptable.

The current Committee encourages new applications from ASC members who would like to get involved in shaping and leading activities and events.

Nominations for Branch Committee positions are encouraged in advance of the AGM (please send these to george.aranda@deakin.edu.au). Nominations will also be accepted at the AGM.

Any ASC member based in Victoria can stand for a branch committee position.

Voting by proxy at the AGM

If you cannot attend the AGM you may wish to nominate a proxy, prior to the AGM.

Note proxy nominations cannot be accepted at the AGM. We require them to be emailed to George by 12pm on Wednesday 2 Dec.

You can nominate any ASC member based in Victoria as your proxy, but you both need to be financial members of the ASC.

To nominate a proxy all you have to do george.aranda@deakin.edu.au saying who you are, and which member you are giving your vote to, e.g.

Dear George,

I’d like to assign my proxy vote for the ASC Victorian AGM to Joe Bloggs.

Best wishes,

Jane Doe


(ASC Vic – Secretary)

Thinking about going to see The Martian?

Join us, the Australian Science Communicators Victoria for a mesmerizing movie experience.

Come at 6pm for a drink and pre-movie speaker – the fascinating Dianne McGrath. Dianne is one of the shortlisted Mars One astronaut candidates from around the world. Mars One is a non-profit organisation seeking to establish the first permanent settlement on Mars.

The movie night will be on Thursday October 15 at Kino Cinemas on Collins St.

– Tickets are $20, including the movie, speaker and popcorn
– Please arrived at 6pm for a 6:15 start.

Tickets are limited so make sure you get your tickets on Eventbrite: http://ascvic-themartian.eventbrite.com.au/

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Location: Kino Cinemas on Collins St

Date: Thursday October 15th

Time: 6pm for 6:15pm start

Cost: $20


Pre National Science Week Mixer

Kick off your National Science Week with a bang at the Markov in Carlton Thursday 13th August from 6pm!

Your ASC Vic are once again hosting a celebration mixer event on the eve of the big week. Part social, part networking, part informative, part entertainment, this is the chance to get together, have a drink, win a lucky door prize and hear from the event holders themselves about what will be happening during national science week!

This year we are taking our mixer to the next level with international guest, Yvette d’Entremont, aka SciBabe. Cost is free, but we would love it if you could register through our Facebook event, so we can keep track of numbers.

If you are an event holder and you would like to come along to spruik, please drop an message to our President George Aranda. We are also happy to hand out promotional material if you have any.

Time: 6pm

Date: Thursday 13th August

Place: Markov, 352 Drummond Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3053.

VIC Event Review: Science + Media Speed Dating

Great science stories are often out there waiting to be discovered and told to a broader audience. ASC is fortunate to reflect a community of storytellers, journalists, science writers and broadcasters as well as scientists with media savvy and a passion for communicating their discoveries. But do we do enough to bring them together?

ASC Victoria saw an untapped opportunity, and Toni Stevens put together an event, ‘Science/media speed dating’, looking to connect great stories with people who can help disseminate them.


The evening of Tuesday 2 June saw an eager crowd of ASC members and non-members meet at Southbank’s Belgian Beer Cafe for a series of short ‘speed dates’. Before the 2-minute power chats commenced, scientists heard from the perspective of print journalists, broadcast and radio presenters as to what they look for in a science story and how best to pitch to their particular medium. The crowd took to their seats, and 26 scientists and science communicators launched into a networking frenzy over a beverage or two.


Despite some hiccups of being first-timers to the speed dating format (hint to other ASC branches: have table numbers to help direct participants around the room!), the event was wildly successful and many participants stayed on for further networking after the official component of the event was finished. The perspective from the journalist side of the room was that there were many gold nuggets of scicom out there, ready for the big league. Scientists and those with a science message noted it was a great platform to help give them a better idea of how to refine their pitch, and provided them with encouragement to take their tales out to a broader audience, as well as identifying potential resources to help them do so.

ASC Victoria would like to thank all the members who joined us for this terrific event; we hope to revisit this very successful format again next year.


Anneliese Gillard

ASC-Vic Jurassic World Movie Night

Time to get together for another ASC-Vic science movie night!

This time it’s the next installment of a pre-historic spectacle – JURASSIC WORLD!

Whether you’re a dino-fan or simply dino-curious, this is guaranteed to be a tricera-tops event..

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/asc-vic-event-movie-night-jurassic-world-tickets-17333631358

Mark Thursday 25th June in the diary.

Bring along your family and friends to the beautiful Kino Cinemas, Collins St. Melbourne

Arrive at 6pm for a drink and pre-movie speaker – the very talented Upulie Divisekera. She will give an insight into the real world of palaeontology and genetics, before we see the Hollywood take on things.

Cheap tickets are being offered to ASC members and friends – $15 for movie and popcorn. Please purchase all tickets prior to the event by Monday 22nd June.

Movie will start between 6.30pm and 7.00pm (time will be confirmed closer to the date).

Tickets are limited, so get in before they all become extinct!

Event details

Cost: $15
Date: Thursday 25th June
Time: 6:00 pm start
Place: Kino Cinemas, Collins St. Melbourne

VIC Event: Science + Media Speed Dating

Are you a scientist? Get tips on how to sell your science, then practice your one-minute pitch on speed dates with journalists and science writers.

Are you a journalist? Get all your new science stories in one night.  In half an hour you’ll hear 10 new science stories and meet a bunch of new talent.

Join us from 6:30pm on Tuesday 2 June at the Belgian Beer Cafe Southbank to share science stories over a few beers.

You never know who you’ll meet, or the stories you’ll hear science/media speed dating!

It’s more networking than dating, but you never know your luck.

Here’s how the night will go:

  • 6:30pm: Short mentoring session for the scientists over a drink or two to get warmed up
  • 7pm: Ten 2-minute speed dates
  • 7:30pm: Networking in the main bar

Numbers are limited to 30 people (15 scientists and 15 journos, so get in quick).

The event cost is $5 – just to secure your place, and this will get you one drink on arrival and some nibbles.

Register via Eventbrite to confirm your spot: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sciencemedia-speed-dating-tickets-16826610846

Please feel free to share the invitation with any scientists or journos you think might like to come along.

Event details
Date: Tuesday 2 June
Time: 6.30 pm start
Place: Belgian Beer Cafe Southbank

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 http://www.siscatalyst.eu/. A copy of the free e-book “Children as Change Agents for the Future of Science and Society” can be downloaded at www.siscatalyst.eu/book. 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 involvestephanie@gmail.com 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

National Science Week Victorian Event Holders Meeting for 2015

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National Science Week is Australia’s largest national festival. Running each year in August, over 1,000 events take place across the country with more than 1,000,000 people involved.

The National Science Week Victorian Coordinating Committee invites you to our National Science Week (SWk) Victorian Event Holders meeting. Join potential and committed event holders for an evening of networking, collaboration opportunities and a discussion of science communication in Victoria.

Event: National Science Week Victorian Event Holders Meeting for 2015

Date: Wednesday 22 April
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Venue: LAB14, 700 Swanston Street, Carlton
Refreshments provided.
Numbers are limited, please RSVP to Carly on (03) 9252 6472 or carly.siebentritt@csiro.au

National Science Week 15-23 August 2015, www.scienceweek.net.au 


Vic Event: Comedy Festival- Meat Bags

Meatbags” is possibly the most scientific show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival—and we’ve got a special ticket deal for ASC Vic members.

 The show is all about the human body, and presented  by Doctor-turned-comedian Dr Pam Rana, and science-communicator Tom Lang.

ASC members and friends can see the show on Tuesday 31 March for the special price of $13. Just order adult tickets through the show’s booking site, and enter the discount code “appendix”.

 The show starts at 8pm sharp at the Croft Institute, and feel free to stick around after the show for a drink and a chat with the performers!

 Tickets to the special night can be ordered here: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=113274&did=345858

 Other nights, and further information on the show can be found here: http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2015/season/shows/meatbags-dr-pam-rana-tom-lang

 And don’t forget to check out some of the other great shows at the festival!

Event details
Date: Tuesday 31 March                                                                                                          Cost: $13                                                                                                                         Time: 8pm start
Place: the Croft Institute, Croft Alley, Melbourne VIC 3000

Vic Event: Movie Night – The Theory of Everything

For a brief moment in time, let’s get together to witness the scientist-inspired movie of the year- the Golden Globe winning, Oscar nominated, Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.

Bring along your family and friends to the beautiful Kino Cinemas, Collins St on Thursday 19th February.  Arrive from 6pm for a drink in the foyer and a collective homage to the great man himself.

Cheap tickets are being offered to ASC members and friends – $15 including movie and popcorn. Drinks can be purchased from the bar.

Movie will start between 6.30pm and 7.00pm (time will be confirmed closer to the date). To purchase your tickets visit https://eventbrite.com.au/event/15450581104/

A group of ASCers will be heading out for dinner afterwards for those who would like to join.

See you all there!

Event details

Date: Thursday 19 February                                                                                               Cost: $15                                                                                                                         Time: 6.00 start
Place: Kino Cinemas,45 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000