Cosmos Media Professional Development Grant

The art of good science writing is to make complex ideas seem simple, and to effortless communicate this to a lay public. This is what journalists are trained to do. But for scientists branching out from scientific writing into scientific feature writing, sometimes a little more training is required.
As an emerging science writer from a […]

Unsung Hero of Australian Science Communication 2015

The Australian Science Communicators
is proud to offer the
Unsung Hero Award of Australian Science Communication
The award will be announced at the ASC Conference in Brisbane on 11 March 2016.
Nominations close at 5pm on Monday 22 February 2016.
ASC Unsung Hero Award 2015 Nomination Form – Entry PDF
ASC Unsung Hero Award 2015 Nomination Form – Entry WORD
The Unsung […]

Science storytelling: ASC Victoria AGM at the Laborastory, Wednesday 2 December‏

Come join ASC Victoria for our last hurrah of 2015 as we celebrate with our AGM followed by some of the best science stories of the year at the Laborastory.

The Laborastory brings together five scientists from different fields to tell the remarkable stories of the heroes of their field. Each story is just ten short […]

Reminder – ASC AGM and Special General Meeting – call for proxies

Reminder – the ASC AGM is coming up (Canberra, 19 November 2015) and a Special General Meeting (Canberra, 18 November 2015).
Please see below for event details. If you can’t make it in person, please nominate a proxy:

Download and complete the proxy form, and ensure a copy of this form is with your proxy to take […]

Book Review: Houston, We Have a Narrative by Randy Olson

“Houston, we have a problem.” This line from Ron Howard’s fiction film about the Apollo 13 space accident needs no introduction. In reality, however, astronaut Jim Lovell made a slightly different report to NASA Mission Control on April 13, 1970: “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”
So did Hollywood get it wrong? The line in the film is not […]

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 […]

Volunteer for Pint of Science!

Thanks Emma Ceccato for this opportunity!
Are you interested in sharing science with the public?
Do you enjoy relaxing with friends at the pub?
If the answer to both is YES, then Pint of Science Australia is for you!
Pint of Science is an international festival that aims to showcase the amazing research of local scientists to the general public in the relaxed venue of […]

President’s Update

Thank you to Joan Leach for the President’s Update.
Award Season
Award season is well and truly underway—I was very pleased to be invited to the Eureka awards this year.  Citizen science, quality long-form science journalism, and generally good science communication all got a shout out at the awards.  Next up, the Premier’s Prizes for Science.  While […]

Communicating science with mobile applications

The advanced connectivity and computing power of Smartphones opens up new possibilities for science communication, and an increasing number of institutions are experimenting with this great potential. That’s the topic of the thesis I published as part of my Masters of Science Communication, in which I look at the potential benefits and limitations of science-related […]

Event Review: Science Storytelling Workshop

Thank you to George Aranda for the event review.

On the 16th of July ASC Victoria was delighted to host NZ Science Communicator – Elizabeth Connor, Captain of The KinShip (, a science communication organisation that “connects science with the human side of the equation.”

Elizabeth ran a Science Storytelling Workshop with about 20 guests who included science […]