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From the discussion list – Proofreading your own writing

Thank you to Ian McDonald for summarising the proofreading suggestions from the list.
I’m sure I am not the only one but I always find that proof-reading your own writeing is difficult – particularly when you are trying to find that last typo. Now, how many of you noticed the three errors in my first […]

Bragg UNSW press prize for science writing 2013

The winner of The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2013 was announced by the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir at a ceremony last night at Government House in Sydney.
Professor Fred Watson won the $7000 winner’s prize for his piece ‘Here come the ubernerds: Planets, Pluto and Prague’, from […]

How to tell a journo from a spin doctor: an ASC list discussion

Thank you to Jarrod Green for preparing this summary of the ASC list discussion. 
It is one of the most enduring debates in the field of communication: where do the boundaries lie between journalism, PR and other communication roles? The ASC is the latest to tackle this thorny demarcation problem through a discussion on the ASC […]

Official notice of Australian Science Communicators’ Annual General Meeting, Perth, WA

[ 30 November 2011; 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. ] This is the official notice of the Australian Science Communicators’ Annual General Meeting, to be held in Perth, Western Australia, on 30 November 2011. The AGM is being hosted by the ASC WA Branch. The AGM will be followed by an interactive science quiz night hosted by compere extraordinaire David Ellyard.

 Date: Wednesday 30 November 2011
Time: […]

Garrett and Heath on sustainability

Queensland’s Chief Scientist Dr Geoff Garrett and Queensland Solar City community engagement manager Julie Heath will be joining us for drinks at this September’s get-together. The Theme of the night will be Sustainability in Queensland – Science and the Environment.
Dr Garrett was appointed Queensland Chief Scientist from January 2011, after 8 years as Chief Executive […]

Rally for Research – Adelaide

A call to ASC members to rally for medical research Continue reading

Send in the Scientists

A story that highlights: the apparent lack of scientific input into government policy. The effectiveness of anonymous dissident websites…
A proposal to amend the Federal Criminal Code Act could see a number of plants species become outlawed.
The proposed schedule reads as follows:

Any plant containing mescaline including any plant of the genus Lophophora.
Any plant containing DMT […]

Science more complex with bureaucracy?

First we have the complexities and uncertainties of science and then we introduce a bureaucratic process that can be inefficient and sometimes, incompetent.
I give you a prime example in the case of the Asian honey bee eradication program. Full story continues……

Cribb in the Canberra Times today

A terrific op-ed from Julian Cribb in the Canberra Times today which made me think about the IA conference last week. The impact of science on policy is perhaps the biggest issue in science communication in Australia and globally right now. Yet it’s one that is probably hard for IA to catalyse given it’s a […]