President’s Update, June

 
Reconciliation Week 2020 started with the destruction of two 46,000-year-old Aboriginal cultural sites in the Pilbara by Rio Tinto.  The killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis last week and the pain and anguish of so many protesters in the US was another call for Australians to take a long look at our own history, and […]

State Branch Support

On top of regular capitation funds for this year, there is a post-conference grant of up to $300 available to each state and territory to organise a follow up ASC event or activity or purchase any necessary equipment (eg new banners or marketing materials) for their local members.  To apply for this, please email exec@asc.asn.au with the […]

ASC SCOPE Interview: Michael Mills

Michael Mill’s alter ego: Prof Flint and a Thylacaleo:

Why did you choose to study science?
As it happens, studying science isn’t a formal thing that I’ve ever done. All of the things I’ve learnt that have led me to do all of the things I do as a writer, producer, performer and SciCommer, have come through […]

President’s Update, May

How has your science engagement activity adapted in the last couple of months?
 
For me personally it’s been quite an experience, moving from working in a hands-on, interactive museum which closed to the public two months ago to pulling together and launching our first online exhibition LIFE INTERRUPTED, in the space of a week.  We’re now running […]

Members Event: Q&A with Dr Norman Swan

COVID-19 presents one of the largest science communication challenges ever, with rapidly evolving science, enormous social and economic impacts and a rising global death toll. Access to timely and trusted information is critical, and for a huge number of Australians Dr Norman Swan of the ABC has been one of the key respected journalists covering […]

President’s Update, April

President’s Update

I hope everyone is going ok.  It’s a hectic time, and I am certainly finding the mix of trying to simultaneously work, parent and school from home, not the most relaxing experience, although I realise I’m very lucky to be in the position to be employed and able to work from home.  Everyone is […]

Dr Belinda Liddell, (UNSW) Scope Interview

 
Dr Belinda Liddell is a psychologist who’s working to understand why some refugees recover from trauma and displacement more quickly than others. She is also looking at how different cultures perceive and respond to emotions, and how this might affect the experience of trauma and stress. 
 
Why did you choose to study science?
I chose to study […]

Tara Roberson, Queensland ASC branch President Scope Interview

Why did you choose to study science communication?
When I was still in high school, I was pretty convinced I was going to become an archaeologist or veterinarian. But, during grade 12 – in that pivotal year of university degree selection – I happened to take a communications course at the University of Queensland (UQ). I was completed […]

COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

The now designated global pandemic of COVID-19 coronavirus is having unprecedented impacts across the world as authorities attempt to contain transmission and manage cases. At the time of writing this, Australia currently has 197 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), including 3 deaths.  The Prime Minister announced yesterday that gatherings of more than 500 people should […]

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki ASC Scope Interview

Why did you choose to study science?
There was no real “choice”. It was all that was available at the Catholic High School I went. BUT, as it turned out, that turned out to be very fortunate. Physics and Maths gives most people an excellent “mental toolbox”, that prepares them for virtually any future career.
(Of course, […]