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Improving communication with Improv

Whoosh…..
Standing in a circle passing an imaginary ball of energy around between each other is not, perhaps, the type of activity you would expect at an ASC event. It was however, a warm up game for the recent Improve your communication with improv workshop held in Adelaide in June. Hosted by Jarrad and Dane from On The Fly Impro, the session aimed to give us a taster of some tips and tricks from improvisational theatre to help us all become better presenters. The group was mostly made of PhD students and researchers looking to improve their presenting skills.

Improv workshop in Adelaide, June 2017

Alan Alda has been championing the idea of improv training for scientists for years, with the focus not on being funny but on really paying attention to your audience, making contact and keeping it personal.

The most memorable moment for me during the workshop was during a game where we were rhyming and matching words around the circle. Jarrad made the point that if you have to choose between being right or saying something…SAY SOMETHING. This probably goes against all the training that scientists have in placing value on making sure what is said is technically correct. Getting past the hesitation and self-censorship of your own head to just play the game and keep it moving was a huge challenge. But we have to be able to forgive ourselves mistakes when we’re speaking.

Some additional take-home tips included:
• Using the first 30 seconds of any presentation to humanise yourself to the audience
• Picking out people beforehand to make eye contact with during your presentation (and that realising that making eye contact can feel uncomfortable, but to do it anyway!)
• Make things obvious, and keep it simple. If you can say it with fewer words, do.

We could have kept going for hours, this really was just a taster, but if you’re interested in developing your skills and having a go at Improv there are groups all around that run classes so try out:
On the Fly Impro (Adelaide) – http://www.ontheflyimpro.com/
Impro Melbourne – https://www.impromelbourne.com.au/
Impro ACT – http://impro.com.au/
Impro Australia (Sydney) – http://improaustralia.com.au/
Impro Mafia (Brisbane) – http://www.impromafia.com/shows/
Just Improvise (Perth) – https://justimprovise.com.au/

This workshop was possible with support from an event grant from the National office.

South Australian Science Excellence Awards

Thanks to Lisa Bailey, RiAus for providing this information:

Calling members of the South Australian science and research community …

Do you know a recent PhD graduate with outstanding early-career achievement or a researcher with no more than five years workforce experience?  Or maybe a school or tertiary teacher who is making an outstanding contribution to student education and inspiring students to study further in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)?

In 2011, the South Australian Science Excellence Awards will be recognising outstanding achievement in the following categories:

  • South Australian Scientist of the Year
  • PhD Research Excellence

–          Health and Medical Sciences

–          Life or Environmental Sciences

–          Physical Sciences/Mathematics/Engineering

  • Early Career STEM Professional

–          Natural and Physical Sciences/Engineering/Mathematics

–          Health and Life Sciences

  • Early Career STEM Educator of the Year

–          School Teaching

–          Tertiary Teaching

 

The SA Scientist of the Year Award receives prize money of $20,000 with the remaining awards each receiving $5,000.

For further information, please visit www.scienceawards.sa.gov.au

Job Opportunities at RiAus

ASC members may be interested in the following opportunity…..

RiAus Employment Opportunities
1. Programs co-ordinator
2. Programs co-ordinator, youth and education
The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) –is a contemporary and accessible national home for science; a place for people to listen, talk, blog, download and think about science in all its shapes and forms – currently has vacancies for two positions within the programs team.
Passionate about engaging the public with science and technology, you will work on the development and delivery on a broad range of innovative science-communication activities for a variety of audiences.
Educated to degree level in a science-related subject and with relevant postgraduate qualifications and/or experience, your knowledge of and passion for science will make you an invaluable member of our small but vibrant Programs team.
Detailed job descriptions are available at http://www.riaus.org.au/science/about/job_opportunities.jsp

APPLICATION PROCESS
Please apply by 30 June 2011 (electronically or via hard copy) with a CV and covering letter to:
Lisa Bailey
RiAus
PO Box 3652
Rundle Mall
Adelaide, SA 5000
lbailey@riaus.org.au
Interviews will be conducted during the week of 4-8 July.

National Science Week (SA) Grants

National Science Week (SA) Grants

Thinking of holding an event in National Science Week?

Through the financial support of the Government of South Australia (via DFEEST), we are pleased to offer a number of small grants (upper limit of $2,000) to organisations who might need financial support to run an event in August in Science Week.
Applications close Friday 10 June 2011.

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Nominate now for the 2011 Unsung hero awards South Australia

National Science Week (SA) and Australian Science Communicators (SA)

are proud to jointly offer the

2011 UNSUNG HERO AWARDS OF
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE

These awards aim to recognise those who have not yet received significant recognition for their contribution to science or science communication.
There are 2 awards: the Unsung Hero of South Australian Science and the Unsung Hero of South Australian Science Communication.

Applications close in July. Please contact Rona rona.sakko@csiro.au for further information and a nomination form.

Please read the criteria for each award carefully to ensure that nominations are made for the appropriate award.

Unsung Hero of South Australian Science

This award honours a person or group, at this particular time, who exemplifies the aims and objectives of National Science Week and Australian Science Communicators (SA).

The criteria for nomination for the UNSUNG HERO OF SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE are as follows:

1. Nominees must reside in South Australia and actively engage in science research, scientific methodology, administration or practice. While nominees should have shown respect for science communication, this award recognises science practitioners in areas other than teaching and communication.

Those whose strengths lie in these latter areas might be suitable nominees for the award of UNSUNG HERO OF SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION.

2. The work for which the nominee is being nominated must have been carried out in South Australia or, if of national significance, should have considerable relevance to South Australia.

3. The nominee should be a person, people or group who have not yet received significant recognition for their contribution to science. This will almost certainly rule out a ‘top’ or popular scientist.

The nominee should have shown that they regard science communication as an integral part of scientific work.

4. Nominees should have a considerable or prolonged record (at least several years) in science.

The award is intended to recognise those whose contribution has been so significant over a period of time that they should by now have been recognised. It is unlikely that this would apply to a candidate whose contribution, however significant, is of short duration.

5. Nominators must give careful consideration to what counts as ‘science’ – for example, nominees from technological or environmental fields should be nominated not just on the basis of their contribution to those particular fields, but because the scientific side of their work is strong.

Notes:
There will always be more good candidates than can be awarded; therefore there is no shortlist from which a ‘top’ candidate is to be chosen.

This award should identify an exemplar.

This award may be made to a candidate whose work is in science or in a number of related fields (e.g. technology, environment, health etc) where the science component of their work is highly significant.

Factors which may influence the final selection are many and varied and may include topical and political issues, etc.

Unsung Hero of South Australian Science Communication

This award is a companion to the UNSUNG HERO OF SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE, and honours a person or group who exemplify science communication.

The criteria for nomination for the UNSUNG HERO OF SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION are as follows:

1. Nominees must be resident in South Australia and actively engaged in science communication, interpreted broadly to include, but not limited to, pursuits such as:
teaching,
broadcasting,
script and book writing,
science shows,
science promotion and
interpretation of science within cultural institutions.

Those whose strengths lie in other areas such as science research, practice or administration may be suitable nominees for the UNSUNG HERO OF SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE award.

2. The work for which the nominee is being nominated must have been carried out in South Australia or, if of national significance, it should have considerable relevance to South Australia.

3. Nominees, whether a person, people or group, should have not yet received significant recognition for their contribution to science and its promotion. This will almost certainly rule out a ‘top’ or popular science communicator. The nominee should have shown that they regard science communication as an integral part of scientific work.

4. Nominees should have a considerable or prolonged record (at least several years) in science communication.

The award is intended to recognise those whose contribution has been so significant over a period of time that they should by now have been recognised. It is unlikely that this would apply to a candidate whose contribution, however significant, is of short duration.

5. Nominators must give careful consideration to what counts as ‘science’ – for example, nominees from technological or environmental fields should be nominated not just on the basis of their contribution to those particular fields, but because the scientific side of their work is strong and their communication contributes to a better understanding of the process and practice of science.

Notes:
There will always be more good candidates than can be awarded; therefore there is no shortlist from which a ‘top’ candidate is to be chosen.

This award may be made to a candidate whose work is specifically in science education, promotion or communication in one or many fields where the science component of their work is highly significant.

ASC AGM and ASCSA end of year get together 13 Dec

13 December 2010
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

ASC Annual General Meeting and Quiz Night Date: Monday 13th December, 2010 Time: 6:00pm – 9:30pm Venue: RiAus, Science Exchange, Exchange Place, Adelaide Cost: RiAus and ASC members: free Non members: $10 Non member students: $5 Registration: http://ascnationalagmsa2010.eventbrite.com

The RiAus is proud to host the Australian Science Communicators (ASC) Annual General Meeting (AGM). This will be followed by an interactive quiz night co-hosted by compere extraordinaire David Ellyard and Discovery Channel presenter Zoz Brooks. The ASC AGM will run from 6-7:15pm in the RiAus boardroom, and is open to ASC voting members only. If you’re not attending the AGM, you can start the party early as the bar will be open from 6pm to enjoy a drink and have a chat with Zoz Brooks. The quiz night for all registered participants will begin at 7:30pm sharp in the auditorium; the bar will be open throughout the night. Seats are limited so registration is essential. Participants will be allocated table numbers to promote networking; seating requests are welcome (email richard.musgrove@sa.gov.au).

Bringing science communicators from around the country together, in line with the Inspiring Australia strategy.

Naomi Oreskes event livestreamed from RiAus Thursday 18/11/10

As you may be aware, Naomi Oreskes is currently touring nationally talking about her book Merchants of Doubt. We are planning to livestream this event on Thursday evening (6pm start time SA time) if any ASC members are interested in tuning in.

To watch: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/merchants-of-doubt

You would be hard-pressed to find any working climate scientist who didn’t think global warming is happening, and has been for some time. But ever since researchers first began examining the evidence that our planet was heating up-and that human activities were probably to blame-people have been questioning the data, doubting the evidence, and attacking the scientists who collect and explain it.

Join science historian Naomi Oreskes as she gives a US perspective on what – or rather who – is to blame for this conundrum. How a cadre of ideologues have clouded the public interpretation of scientific facts to advance a political and economic agenda, effectively campaigning to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades across a range of issues: denying the link between smoking and lung cancer, CFC’s and the ozone hole or coal smoke and acid rain, skewing the public understanding of some of the most critical issues of our era.

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Science in the media, an editors perspective

In case anyone is interested: http://riausondemand.org.au/event/ascsa-monthly-science-in-the-media-and-an-editors-perspective/

Cheers Lisa

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ASCSA: Science in the media, an editors perspective (Podcast)

Event held at the Science Exchange, Adelaide

Monday 15 November 2010.

The Advertiser is an unusual daily paper in australia in having specialist reporters in science, environment and health.  Editor Melvin Mansell joined us at the November ASCSA event for a discussion on the quantity and quality of science reporting in Australia.

Why does an editor employ specialist reporters in these areas? What benefits do they bring to the paper? Does the addition of specialist reporters give a media outlet additional credibility, and how well do media outlets cover science without reporters with a science background?

Podcast available at

http://riausondemand.org.au/event/ascsa-monthly-science-in-the-media-and-an-editors-perspective/

2010 SCRIPT Award for creative writing by scientists and health care professionals

Apologies if someone has already posted this, but may be of interest to ASC members…(I don’t know much about it, leave for you to explore for more info)….

2010 SCRIPT AWARD

We are pleased to announce the 2010 SCRIPT Award!

The SCRIPT Award is a prize rewarding creative writing by scientists and health care professionals. The task: to write a “Mini Epic” in exactly 100 words. The prize: $1000 (Cdn). Any topic is acceptable, especially those non-scientific.

Details of the award, including deadline and entry fee, are available in the attached poster and online at www.scriptmedical.com/script-award.html. Please feel free to circulate to any eligible writer.

About SCRIPT: SCRIPT was founded in 1998 by Helen Leask. Since then, SCRIPT has grown to a full-service communications agency that provides world-class medical communications to international and Canadian clients.

Best of luck to all entrants!

Yours sincerely,

Abigale Miller

______________________

Abigale Miller MSc Project Manager SCRIPT

3042 Yonge Street Toronto, Canada M4N 2K4 Tel: 416-485-7387 Fax: 416-485-9258 www.scriptmedical.com

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