Six supported memberships available for ACT members in 2022: ASC Canberra’s COVID-19 support package

ASC Canberra’s COVID-19 response is aimed at supporting and growing our community of science communicators. We want to help people who want to be members of our organisation, as many look towards rebuilding in 2022 following the disruption of the 2020-21 pandemic.

ASC Canberra would like to offer six people financial support to join or continue their membership with the Australian Science Communicators for the 2022 calendar year, funded by the ACT Branch of ASC. These supported memberships will fall into three categories:

  • students who will be studying in the ACT SciComm field during 2022
  • recent SciComm graduates who will be beginning their career journeys in the ACT during 2022, who graduated during 2020 or 2021
  • established practitioners in the ACT SciComm field, who may have experienced income drops during 2020-21

The six successful applicants will receive paid membership to ASC for one year, funded by the ACT Branch. Recipients will be invited to engage with ASC’s branch committee to offer input into the branch’s direction for 2022.

To apply for this opportunity, respond by 5 pm AEDT, Friday 12 November to the question “what are you most looking forward to achieving as a science communicator in 2022 and how will this membership help?” Responses should be less than 200 words, and should speak to either your personal ambitions for 2022, or how you would like to engage with the ASC ACT community during the new year.

As well as welcoming existing members of ASC’s community, we encourage newcomers who have not previously been a part of ASC to apply for this opportunity.

Apply via this form:

The recipients of these six paid memberships will be assessed by ASC ACT Branch’s organising committee, and announced during the branch’s AGM on 29 November 2021.

The branch committee is looking forward to reading your responses, as we look towards a bright 2022.

Terms and conditions can be found on page 2 of this document.

ACT Careers event Zoom: tomorrow evening (Thu 21 Oct)

Want to build your career in science communication? Then the science communication careers event is for you.

On Thursday October 21, the Australian Science Communicators ACT Branch will deliver their annual careers showcase event with a panel discussion to highlight a range of career opportunities. Breakout networking rooms will follow to give you the chance to speak directly to professionals in the field and have your questions answered.
Join us from your home, workplace or couch and discover where a career in science communication can take you.

Our three panelists for the event are:
1. Isla Nakano – Science communicator & digital content producer. [More information about Isla]

2. Dr Simon Torok – Director of Scientell. [More information about Simon]

3. Cassandra Diamond – Executive Manager of Business and Operations for CSIRO Education and Outreach . [More information about Cassandra]

This event is being held online via Zoom, moderated by Toss Gascoigne.

Date and time: Oct 21, 2021 05:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Registration is required and free for all prospective scicomm job seekers in Australia.

Register via Zoom

Freelance science communicators panel lunch

25 June 2015
12:00 pmto2:00 pm

Life as a freelance science communicator

Malini Devadas, Sarah Kellett, Stuart McMillen Date: Thursday 25 June 2015. Panel 12:00-13:00. Lunch 13:00-14:00. Venue: Two Before Ten Cafe, Aranda Shops, Aranda, ACT, 2614 This event features professional insights from three Canberra freelancers, who will discuss taming the financial and lifestyle challenges of running a freelance business. Malini Devadas – MD Writing & Editing Dr Malini Devadas earned a PhD in neuroscience before leaving academia for the world of publishing. She now provides writing, editing and training services through her freelance business, MD Writing & Editing. Sarah Kellett – writer and editor, CSIRO publishing Writer Sarah Kellett has worked as a freelancer for ABC Science Online, COSMOS, and Australian Geographic, and is currently the Editor for CSIRO’s children’s science magazine Double Helix. Stuart McMillen – cartoonist and comics artist Freelance cartoonist Stuart McMillen, draws long-form comics inspired by social issues involving science, ecology, and economics. This event features talks, panel discussion and Q&A over a networking lunch. This event is organised by Australian Science Communicators ACT Branch. Entry is free, with attendees to pay for their own food and drinks. No RSVP needed. Download a PDF version of this event invitation: Australian Science Communicators ACT Freelancers Panel event flier

Vodcast: communicating science with cartoons

In late 2014, the Australian Science Communicators ACT Branch organised an event featuring three of Canberra’s premier cartoonists:

The three cartoonists discussed how they develop, draw and communicate big (and sometimes controversial) ideas through cartoons.

An audio recording of this event, featuring the presenters’ cartoons as slides is now available via YouTube:

Science, Cartoons and Politics: communicating big ideas