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 […]

Science engagement survey extended to 29 July 2012

The national on-line survey of science engagement activities been extended to 29 July. Project leader Jenni Metcalfe reports we have had more than 220 entries of Australian science engagement activities so far. However, a number of people have asked for more time to enter as many activities as they can.
In response we squeezed some time […]

Time is running out!

For those of you who need a reminder, time is running out to add your science engagement activities to the national survey. We want to get a good snapshot of the diversity of activity in Australia and we need your input. Activities will be represented in an interactive on-line map and other data visualisation tools. […]

It’s alive! Survey of science engagement activities is now online

We’re now ready to take the snapshot of Australia’s science engagement activities so say cheese! The national survey is live online. If you are involved in science engagement activities fill out the survey at: It closes 30 June 2012.
The survey is designed to capture a lot of information and poses some challenging questions. Don’t […]

The biggest snapshot of science engagement in Australia

Who, what, where, when, why and how do we communicate science in Australia? And what do we think our success rate is? The ASC is part of a team to find out the answers.
The Inspiring Australia program has funded a project to create a national audit of science engagement activities. We will get a picture […]

Book Review: Genome Generation

By Daniella Goldberg, Gene Genie Media.
This year marks the tenth anniversary since the epic task of sequencing all three billion letters of the human genome. The Genome Generation by Dr Elizabeth Finkel, molecular biologist turned science journalist, reveals the impact of the genome revolution and how it affects everyone in some way, whether it’s predicting your genetic […]

What do Victorians think about science?

New research from the Department of Business and Innovation’s Science and Community Unit.
Time: 5.30-7pm
Date: Tues 3 April 2012
Place: Melbourne Museum
Read the findings:
The 2011 report, “Community Interest and Engagement with Science and Technology in Victoria” provides the clearest and most detailed survey yet of public attitudes and behaviour. Its findings should inform and provoke individual […]

Climate change is not related to climate change?

Top scientist says extreme weather not linked to global warming. Is this a story taken out of context? A sceptic promoting an agenda? An anti carbon tax initiative? I would be interested to hear how climate change communicators address these types of messages?

Are scientists selfish?

Popping into my inbox the other day was a review by the journal, Science Communication about a book Open Science. The authors are Julian Cribb and Tjempaka Sari (CSIRO publishing).
Another book from Julian Cribb, I thought, how wonderful. But Julian is no one hit wonder, so why was I surprised. The review […]