ASC Reflection – SCINEMA 2016

Julia Cleghorn, ASC Victoria committee member and movie lover reflected on attending SCINEMA this year:
On a chilly Saturday afternoon in Melbourne, ASC-Vic members joined a relaxed bunch of science-movie buffs at the RMIT Cinema for the premier of the 2016 SCINEMA International Science Film Festival.
It was a long-ish event – over three hours in total, […]

Inspiring Australia update – Evaluation

Thank you to Nancy Longnecker for the update.
As many ASC members know, the government’s Inspiring Australia program provided funding aimed at building the evidence base that underpin science communication efforts. In a national audit conducted by Metcalfe, Alford and Shore (2012), some providers reported using feedback forms and surveys but relatively few used systematic methods […]

President’s update

Thank you to Joan Leach for the President’s update.

Controversial science
I’m writing this with my leg in a compression bandage covered in ice with a grade 2 tear in my medial gastrocnemius. I’m told that this is a characteristically Australian injury; many people get it at the beach when they have one foot buried in sand […]

President’s update

Thank you to Joan Leach for the President’s update.
 
Did you survive (and thrive) during National Science Week?
I feel that I’ve just recovered—a week later—from National Science Week. It was a rather impressive spread of activities going on around the country. I was very lucky to participate in Adelaide with a packed house who came to […]

Event review: PCST conference—Brazil inspires science communicators

Thank you to Christine Ross for sharing her experience at the PCST conerefence.
The first PCST conference to be held in Latin America focused on science communication for social inclusion and political engagement. As the ancient capital of Brazil and a former slave trading port, host city Salvador was a living, breathing reminder of the country’s […]

#ASC14 Are we asking the wrong question of the ‘disengaged’?

An early morning Conversation article from ASC President Joan Leach and University of Queensland Research Fellow Fabien Medvecky is giving us something to think about as we embark on the Australian Science Communicators National Conference in Brisbane.
Despite our best efforts to engage the public with the message of science and technology, statistics show that the […]

Telling a science story: Industry and science engagement

Thank you to Julia Martin for preparing this piece.
Metaphor, visualisation and allegory are hardly the terms you’d expect business people to use when talking about science. But according to the industry insiders, imagination and story-telling are invaluable tools for anyone serious about communicating scientific knowledge to the public, employees and potential investors.
Recent reports from the […]

A year in review: Scope 2013

Thanks to Victoria Leitch for the Scope ‘year in review.’
I might be a little biased, but I think we have had a great year with the ASC newsletter – Scope!
As current editor, I can proudly say that in the past year Scope has seen a number of improvements – many of which were implemented by […]

ASC changed my life…

That’s right! We’ve heard some whispers that the ASC community has changed some people’s lives. This grassroots organisation that started back in 1994… Who’d have thunk it back in that inaugural meeting at the Press Club in Canberra.
As we come up to celebrating 20 years of ASC, we (the Executive) reckon it’s time to hear […]

The rise of the MOOC

Thanks to Brigid Mullane for her review of MOOCs.
MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses, are free courses from major universities around the world, available on the internet through platforms such as Coursera, Udacity and edX.
The first one I heard about was Coursera, and after reviewing its numerous offerings, I started in January this year with […]