Motion to ratify selection of Life member

The agenda for our AGM on 13 December includes ‘Motion to ratify selection of Life member’. The members of the National Council enthusiastically approved Rob Morrison’s motion that we extend Life membership to Peter Pockley. David Ellyard seconded the motion. This decision needs to be ratified by the members at a general meeting.

Peter Pockley is a deserving recipient of this acknowledgement. He has been a pioneer in science communication in Australia, establishing specialist reporting of science in 1964. Peter has been active in articulating best practice in reporting on science and other means of science communication. He has been an important sceptical and analytical voice who has consistently contributed to ASC dialogues about professional standards and practice in our field. Peter has mentored many ASC members who in turn made major contributions to communicating science and to the association.

Peter has earlier this year received a major award for his work which I reported to the members in April (see below).

With your ratification of this motion Peter will become the ASC’s fifth life member.

In April I reported to the membership:

I am pleased to report that Peter Pockley, a long standing member of ASC, today has been awarded the Australian Academy of Science Academy Medal for 2010.

The Academy announced his award was for ‘outstanding contributions to science by means other than the conduct of scientific research’, where his efforts ‘significantly advanced the cause of science and technology in Australia’. This medal is normally awarded no more than once in three years.

The links to the Australian Academy of Science about this award are

Peter has been a pioneer and leader of science communication in various media over many years. It is wonderful news that he has been recognised in this way for his many contributions to engaging audiences with science.

Cheers, Jesse

Jesse Shore

President, Australian Science Communicators, 2010

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About Jesse Shore

Jesse Shore is passionate about engaging the community with science and in looking for ways to weave together the arts and sciences. He has been developing science based exhibitions and events since 1984, and was President of the Australian Science Communicators from 2010-2012. His business, Prismatic Sciences, produced five travelling exhibitions for the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for the 2011 International Year of Chemistry and he manages the ongoing national tour. He previously worked at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney as an exhibition project leader and Senior Curator of sciences. While at the museum he was one of the founders of the Ultimo Science Festival, a major National Science Week activity. He is currently collaborating with an artist to create artworks which have a science slant.

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