President’s update: The great science joke search

By ASC President Craig Cormick
 
Calling all science communicators…
So it has become abundantly clear that despite many years of work and millions of dollars being invested, the science community has been particularly unsuccessful in developing any breakthrough science jokes. So I am putting out the call to all science communicators to see if we can help […]

2017 ASC Grants Program now open

Better late than never!
We are proud to again launch the ASC Grants Program, now in its fourth year.
This year, three grant opportunities are on offer. Two, worth up to $600 each, are specifically focused towards professional development.
One of these is fairly open to interpretation – anything (within reason) which improves your skills in the SciComm […]

Internship opportunities

The National Wetlands Trust of NZ (NWT) has two volunteer internship opportunities starting as soon as possible. Both internships require a commitment of at least three months and are as follows:
1. Environmental Education Coordinator
Primary objective: To develop an outdoor, wetland-themed environmental education programme for the proposed National Wetland Centre which we are developing at the […]

Winning even if you don’t win

By Paul Holper, Director of Scientell
Recently Scientell won the 2016–17 Monash Business Award in the Micro Business category. My co-Director, Simon Torok, said in his acceptance speech in front of a packed ballroom, ‘We were delighted to have been nominated for this award – and we nominated ourselves, so imagine how excited we are to […]

ASC seeking new volunteer national web editor

Express your enthusiasm for the face of #scicomm, gain new skills and make a difference to the science communication community, who rely on the ASC as a trusted source of #scicomm news, views & opportunities
Location: anywhere in Australia with broadband internet access.
Honorarium: $1000 per annum, with the expectation of being available to provide a regular […]

Improving communication with Improv

Whoosh…..
Standing in a circle passing an imaginary ball of energy around between each other is not, perhaps, the type of activity you would expect at an ASC event. It was however, a warm up game for the recent Improve your communication with improv workshop held in Adelaide in June. Hosted by Jarrad and Dane from […]

Job Opening: Senior Editor at Nature Index, Springer Nature

Nature Research is looking for a Senior Editor to join the Nature Index team. See job description and link to application below.
Key Selling Points:

Join a global company and leader in publishing
Supportive management and a collegiate environment
Full-time, permanent position, with competitive salary

Summary:
Oversee the creation of data-driven supplements and digital content about research trends, developments, and policies […]

Announcing the ASC Unsung Hero of Australian Science Communication 2016

Last night at the ASC2017 Conference, Australian Science Communicators announced the Unsung Hero of Australian Science Communication award winner for 2016.
As well as the overall winner, the panel wished to recognise one highly commended finalist in this year’s award.
ASC thanks the judging panel including 2015 Unsung Hero winner Kylie Walker, and Bianca Nogrady for their time […]

Reminder – ASC AGM and call for proxies

Reminder – the ASC AGM is coming up in Adelaide on 22 February 2017.
The 2016-17 AGM is an opportunity for members to hear about the year’s events at the national level, and also to have their say about what should happen in the year to come. It also includes reports from the President and Treasurer.
When: […]

Notice of the ASC Annual General Meeting, Adelaide, 22 February 2017

This is the official notice of the Australian Science Communicators’ Annual General Meeting, to be held in Adelaide, South Australia on 22 February 2017.
The AGM is an opportunity for members to hear about the year’s events at the national level, and also to have their say about what should happen in the year to […]