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.
President, Australian Science Communicators, 2010
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