The Victorian Committee of the ASC promotes and supports science communication by organising professional development and networking events for local ASC members.

We also assist members to develop and promote their own events, and maintain the Facebook group: Melbourne sci-com events and networking 

We invite knowledgeable and relevant professionals to speak on current issues relating to science communication.

If you have an upcoming event, or an idea for an event, please let us know.

ASC Victoria Current Committee (2017):

President: Lynette Plenderleith (

Secretary: Simon McKenzie-Nickson 

Treasurer: Toni Stevens 

State Representative to National ASC Council: Sally Lowenstein 

General committee members: Alana Shetzer, Mei Liu, Kathleen Hayes, George Aranda, Tom Lang, Claire Farrugia, Julia Cleghorn, Laura Boland

Upcoming Events


ASC-Vic is having our first event of the year!

Come along for a low-key networking night to see Hidden Figures – the incredible untold story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history.

Drinks and dinner will be at Markov, Carlton from 5.30pm.

Movie will start around 7.30pm at Cinema Nova, Carlton.

Movie tickets are $15. Members are discounted at $12.50.

We’re looking to seeing everyone in the new year!

Tickets through Eventbrite. (NB: We aren’t able to sell tickets on the night, so make sure you buy them early.)

Previous Events

Have you got an upcoming event to spruik as part of National Science Week? Or maybe you’d like to hear about the events happening in your area?

Join the Australian Science Communicators Victorian branch and other science-enthusiasts for an open mic and networking night. We’ll open the floor to National Science Week event-holders who’ll share what they’ve got planned for the big week ahead. There will also be door prizes up for grabs.

If you’d like to talk about your event in 1 minute on the night, please contact us via the link below. If you can’t make it along, we’ll be happy to show your promotional material.


The Wild Melbourne Journey – A case study in science communication

Wild Melbourne

Register here and stay tuned for updates on the Facebook event page here.


You ask the questions…  turning the tables on the media on 27 June.

Join us on Monday 27 June to find out as the Australian Science Communicators, Royal Society of Victoria, and Science in Public team up to introduce you to our local Melbourne science (and science-interested) journalists.

We’ll bring together a panel of working journalists from print, TV, and radio to tell us about what they do, and what they look for in a story.

The panel will give you an introduction to the needs and challenges of TV news, radio, and the daily press.

tables and ask them your questions.

This event is FREE, but you’ll need to reserve your place via Eventbrite.
When: Monday 27 June – nibbles and networking from 6pm, forum to start at 6.30pm
Where: Royal Society of Victoria, 8 La Trobe St, Melbourne
Register at:

Movie Night – The Man Who Knew Infinity

11 May 2016, Kino Cinemas, Melbourne.

Join us on Wednesday 11 May at Kino Cinemas to get the know THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY. Starring Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) and Jeremy Irons (Batman Vs Superman), it tells the life story of the extraordinary Indian mathematician and autodidact, Srinivasa Ramanujan. With no formal training in pure mathematics, he made extraordinary contributions to fields of mathematics, including mathematical analysis, number theory and infinite series. His life story was the inspiration for the academy award winning film, Good Will Hunting.

Prior to the screening we will hear from Dr Kevin Orrman-Rossiter, accomplished physicist, science historian, freelance science writer and reviewer.

As always, the cheap price includes popcorn.

Science Book a Day Celebrates 1000 Books

11 March 2016, Embiggen Books

ASC Movie Night – The Martian

15 Oct 2015, Kino Cinemas, Melbourne.

Come at 6pm for a drink and pre-movie speaker – the fascinating Dianne McGrath. Dianne is one of the shortlisted Mars One astronaut candidates from around the world. Mars One is a non-profit organisation seeking to establish the first permanent settlement on Mars.

The movie night will be on Thursday October 15 at Kino Cinemas on Collins St.

Pre National Science Week Mixer

13th Aug 2015, Markov, Carlton.

ASC Victoria kicked off the 2015 Pre National Science Week Mixer at Markov on August 13th, this time joined by international guest Yvette d’Entremont, aka SciBabe.

A quiet Wednesday Dinner

22nd July 2015, Artusi, Southbank.

A dinner hosted by ASC Vic Branch President George Aranda for visiting science communicator, Núria Elías at Artusi, Southbank

Sublime – Songs of Science, Metaphysics and Ecology

6th June 2015, Spotted Mallard, Brunswick

Melbourne singer, songwriter, science teacher and enthusiast Charlie Marshall presents a unique personal vision, ‘Sublime – Songs of Science, Metaphysics and Ecology’ on Saturday 6th June at The Spotted Mallard.

Science + Media Speed Dating

2nd June 2015,  Belgian Beer Café, Southbank

Are you a scientist? Get tips on how to sell your science, then practice your one-minute pitch on speed dates with journalists and science writers.

Are you a journalist? Get all your new science stories in one night.  In half an hour you’ll hear 10 new science stories and meet a bunch of new talent.

Comedy Festival- Meat Bags

31st Mar 2015, Croft Institute, Melbourne

“Meatbags” is possibly the most scientific show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival—and we’ve got a special ticket deal for ASC Vic members.

Movie Night – The Theory of Everything

Thursday 19 February, 6pm for 6:30 start at Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins Street. Tickets $15 including movie and popcorn available at:

2014 Xmas Party and Victorian Branch AGM

24 November 2014, The Loop Bar

Workshop: Crowdsourcing information for humanitarian disaster responses

October 6, 6pm, for a 6:15 start – 7:30pm at The Meeting Room at the East Melbourne Library and Community Centre | 122 George Street East Melbourne 3002

Pre National Science Week Mixer: Open Mic Night
August 14 2014, 6:30pm at Markov, Carlton (350-352 Drummond Street, Carlton.

The Art of communicating science: from cartoons to photography
July 15 2014, 6pm at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne, followed by dinner at Naughton’s Parkville Hotel.

Science Technology & the Future Conference
Nov 30 – Dec 1 2013, plus pre-conference drinks on Nov 29

MOOCs in the pub – discussion panel
16 October 2013, Castle Hotel

Giants of Medicine
7 August 2013, The Wheeler Centre

Professionalisation of the ASC and Victorian Branch 2013 AGM 
4 June 2013, Embiggen Books

From Inspiring Australia, to National Science Week, to ASC-Victoria
12 February 2013, Graduate House

Festive Season Celebrations  & Science Comedy
11 December 2012, Embiggen Books & Three Degrees

Inside Nature‘s press office
19 November 2012, Spotswood Hotel

What role for two-way communication and community engagement in the process of science?
21 November 2012, Graduate House

Science Centric Science Week After-party
21 August 2012, Three Degrees

Evaluating Science Communication Workshop
18 June 2012, Graduate House

Shape the Future:  Branch AGM and the Big Picture
22 May 2012,  Embiggen Books

What do Victorians think about Science?
3 April 2012, Melbourne Museum

Building Healthy Community Engagement about Climate Change  ( Podcast Available )
6 March 2012, The Clare Bistro

Updated January 2015

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