Perspectives on Diversity in STEMM – Checkout the video here!

Australian Science Communicators, NSW Branch is so proud to support the documentary style video on Perspectives on Diversity in STEMM.
Quoted from Australia’s Science Channel: With a quarter of its population born overseas, Australia is culturally and linguistically diverse. Inclusion and diversity are core of the identity and spirit of Australian society and its contemporary culture.
However, […]

ASC New South Wales AGM Notice

The ASC NSW branch Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 4-5 pm on Friday 6 Dec 2019 this year at Quarrymans Hotel, 214-216 Harris St, Pyrmont NSW 2009.
Please email ASC NSW branch if you would like to:

Wrap up of year 2019 and activities
Nominate for a committee position
Contribute ideas for activities and events next year
General catch up and […]

The Missing Link for STEMM Diversity

Building bridges and dissolving boundaries in STEMM
– Dr Astha Singh and Akanksha Tiwary
With a quarter of its population born overseas, Australia is culturally and linguistically diverse. Inclusion and diversity are core of the identity and spirit of Australian society and its contemporary culture. However, this social diversity is not reflected in the composition of the […]

Silos or ecosystems? Reflections on ASC2018

Lizzie Crouch, David Robertson and Djuke Veldhuis of Monash University attended the 10th annual Australian Science Communicators conference (ASC2018) in Sydney in November 2018. Here, they jointly reflect on the conversations they had and sessions they attended.
None of us knew what to expect when attending the ASC2018. Having spent a large part of our recent […]

The demise of science journalism and rise of science communication?

Are you a science journalist or a science communicator?
For people outside the science communication sphere, this question might seem like an exercise in splitting hairs, but for those of us whose day-to-day lives are embedded in this arena, it’s actually quite important.
However it can be difficult to find clear, unassailable points of distinction that distinguish […]

I went to freelance focus and what happened next will shock you!

You know those annoying Facebook posts – yeah I went there but hey if you are reading this, it worked…and who knows maybe you will be shocked by what I learnt.
The ASC kindly sponsored me to attend Freelance Focus in Brisbane, hosted by the Walkley’s Foundation. I, like many science communication professionals have been considering […]

Book review: D’harawal

Thank you to Denis Warne for the book review.
We are accustomed to science communication being the depiction of scientific concepts, by the scientific community for an external party. There are, however, instances where it is the conventional scientific community that needs to do the listening. There are also communication lessons to be learnt from ways […]

President’s update

Thanks to Joan Leach for the President’s Update

Debate about Debate
I recently returned from a conference where a hot topic of discussion was on just that—discussion on various social media platforms. Now, I have zero credibility in this area. I lurk and consider and admire those who are out there making pithy and insightful comments and […]

Science bloggers get Linked In to ASC

Thank you to Claire Harris for the discussion summary.
The ASC public LinkedIn group took off in early August with a discussion about scientist bloggers sparked by Jacinta Legg.
She asked, “Does anyone have any favourite Australian scientist-bloggers they follow?”
Jacinta, who describes herself as a ‘science geek’ likes to know what is happening in the world of […]

How do Australians engage with science?

Thank you to Dr. Suzette Searle for preparing this survey summary.
Does it surprise you that friends and family, and CSIRO were equally the most trusted sources of accurate scientific information volunteered by respondents (12%) in a recent Australian survey? What about the 21% who didn’t know who to trust, or the 9% who trusted no-one? […]