Applications now open for a national ASC Facebook Group volunteer moderator

Are you familiar with the much loved ASC FB group? An ASC committee attempted to close it down some years back when questioning the value, and not only would nobody leave, but more people kept arriving to contribute their #scicomm views, ideas, opportunities and more.
The ASC FB group is here to stay!
We are sorry to […]

Applications now open for a national @auscicomm Twitter volunteer

After a fabulous stint as the primary resident of @auscicomm, our much loved Paula Lourie is moving on from the role as her work commitments grow.
Departing Paula says:
“I have really enjoyed managing the twitter account and seeing the followers grow. And it has been lovely being part of the wider ASC team. I have also […]

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 […]

Job Opening: Senior Editor at Nature Index, Springer Nature

Nature Research is looking for a Senior Editor to join the Nature Index team. See job description and link to application below.
Key Selling Points:

Join a global company and leader in publishing
Supportive management and a collegiate environment
Full-time, permanent position, with competitive salary

Summary:
Oversee the creation of data-driven supplements and digital content about research trends, developments, and policies […]

Writing, ice, and really smelly fish: attending the Iceland Writers Retreat

The smell reaches through the air, sits heavy at the back of my throat. I approach the table and look down at the helpless chunks of pale, rotten flesh. Thicker than jelly. We are to eat this creature—the oldest living vertebrate, one that’s swam blindly in the freezing depths for centuries, devouring seals, polar bears, […]

President’s update: Waiting for Science Comms to be rocked to its underpants…

Waiting for Science Comms to be rocked to its underpants…
So some really significant research was released in the last few years – and I have been patiently waiting for science communications globally to be rocked to its underpants.
But nothing has happened.
Let me explain. The first research was conducted by a collaborative effort of over 270 […]

Job – The Australian Science Media Centre is looking for a Supporter Relations Officer

1 year contract with the possibility of extension Salary: $50,000-60,000 plus superannuation
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the team at the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC). We are looking for a Supporter Relations Officer who has a passion for maintaining and building current stakeholder relationships within the tertiary and research sectors.
The […]

Power tribes

By Craig Cormick
President, Australian Science Communicators
 
There are many people out there who understand that science helps us make sense of the world around us, through discoveries based on analysing data, measuring impacts and drawing conclusions from evidence-based thinking.

I’m sorry, I’ll just start that again.

There are many people out there who see science as a rather […]

What does a National Science Statement mean for Science Communicators?

So the Government has released a National Science Statement.
That is always something to get excited about, right? Well, perhaps, but not too excited.
The latest Minister (Senator Sinodinos) in launching the Statement last month at Science Meets Parliament, gave all the usual phrases about the importance of science and innovation to our economy and national wellbeing, […]

President’s update

Thank you to ASC President Craig Cormick for the update. Below is the transcript from his first address at the 2017 ASC National Conference.

Let’s talk about these times we are living in.
Times of False News and times of Alternative facts.
Times of popularist politics and times of contested truths.
Times of polarised opinions and times of diminished […]