Reflections on the art of parallel worlds

Because I’m the kind of vain person who thinks themselves capable of just waltzing into an art festival and setting up their own installation without any relevant qualifications or experience, let me begin by quoting myself: “Here’s a secret about making art: it’s actually really, really easy.”
That’s a line from my interactive, choose-your-own-adventure-style event, “A […]

Science communication stars at the Eurekas

Thank you to Bianca Nogrady for this article.
It’s fitting that, at the so-called Oscars of Australian science, your entrée is described as a ‘gastronomical geode’ that must be excavated from a box of edible dirt.
Eureka winner Renae Sayers
As amusing as that was, it was but a minor moment in a night that delivered plenty of […]

ASC reflection: Deceptology

ASC member Sarah Turnbull won free tickets to Nicholas J Johnson’s show (also an ASC Member), Deceptology, as part of the Melbourne Magic Festival in July. She wrote up this reflection of attending:
When Nicholas J Johnson opened his act by making his head expand and then shrink, I found myself giggling with delight.
Deceptology, which was […]

President’s Update

Thank you to Joan Leach for the President’s Update.
National Science Week
There is currently a nearly manic preparation going on for National Science Week all around me. Every ASC member I know is readying themselves for a week plus of activity. To all of us I say ‘courage’ and ‘break a leg’.  It would be dangerous […]

President’s Update

Thank you to Joan Leach for the President’s Update.
We’ve been living through ‘interesting times’ — an election that seemed to go on forever, even after the voting, and then there is Brexit and watching the US unravel. If you’re in a funk, I’m with you. But, Kate Driver at Questacon brightened a recent day with […]

5 things you can do RIGHT NOW to stay up-to-date with science communication research

Scientists and science communicators are people who see knowledge as a foundation for actions and behaviours, right? A scientist, planning an experiment, will know all about the latest research in their field to maximise their chance of success. We build new knowledge on the knowledge of others.
But how often will a science communicator or scientist-who-communicates-science […]

President’s update

Thank you to Joan Leach for the President’s Update.
Ever had that deja vu all over again feeling? Overseas colleagues sent me a link to an article in The Conversation (probably to wind me up—you know who you are!). You can find the article here.
What can I say? First, let me be clear—I find the research by Besley […]

President’s Update

Thank you to Joan Leach for the President update.
Can it be prize season again?
As much as it terrifies me that another year has come round, I’ve spent some time over the last week looking at nominations for some of the national prizes — the Eurekas, FameLab — to just name two. It’s pretty inspiring what […]

Congratulations ASC Unsung Hero 2015 – Kylie Walker #ASC2016

Yesterday, Professor Joan Leach, President of Australian Science Communicators (ASC), awarded the 2015 Unsung Hero of Australian Science Communication.
ASC created the Unsung Hero award to honour a person or group who exemplifies science communication and who has not yet received significant recognition for their contributions.
Kylie Walker was recognised as the 2015 winner for her significant […]

Interview with Elizabeth Finkel, ASC 2016 conference speaker #ASC2016

Elizabeth Finkel is a one-time biochemist who took up science journalism. Now the editor in chief of Cosmos Magazine, her work has appeared in publications ranging from the US journal, Science to The Age as well as on ABC radio’s Science Show. Read our interview with Elizabeth below to find out how she ended up writing about science, and the challenges […]