As part of our strategic review, we have been seeking opportunities to increase the public value and relevance for ASC membership.
Over several conferences and meetings across the past 3 years, the ASC has considered becoming a member of Science Technology Australia (STA). Earlier this year we again discussed this at a National Council meeting, where we considered the benefits and sought to identify the costs associated.
This process has been finalised and we can now announce that the Australian Science Communicators is now a full member of STA.
This brings with it benefits to our members in terms of having access to expert briefings on government budget and legislation implications for the sector, further connection to the STEM network in Australia, and, importantly, representation at the table to raise communications issues that we as an organisation feel are important.
There are also direct member benefits, such as having access to Science Meets Parliament or other STA-run programs.
One such program is available now to members – but expires Monday 7 so if you wish to engage, hurry and put in an application.
We will provide more update on the STA membership at the AGM.
STEP UP AS A STEM AMBASSADOR
Want to serve Australia’s scientific community and deepen your knowledge of how science can engage effectively with policymakers? Get your application in to STA now for the prestigious STEM Ambassadors program.
Applications close 9am AEDT Monday 7 November 2022.
This innovative program was created by STA in 2019, and has since trained 41 STEM Ambassadors matched with MPs and Senators.
In this new program intake, another 25 MPs and Senators from across the breadth of the Parliament have asked for a STEM Ambassador for 2023-24.
The STEM Ambassadors are drawn from Science & Technology Australia’s member organisations and come from a diverse range of academic backgrounds and interests.
STEM sector professionals who are members of STA member organisations are encouraged to apply for the program directly via the application link above.