ASC delegates at Science Meets Parliament

Written by Claire Harris.

Science (communication) meets Parliament

The Australian Science Communicators became an official organisation member of STA in November 2022. This momentous (and long-worked on membership) opened the door to parliament… Well… to Science Meets Parliament – an annual event (COVID aside) that aims to directly connect parliamentarians with scientists, technologists and science communicators.

A 2023 record for SMP

87 MPs and advisors were part of the main program
95 parliamentarians have taken part in some way eg. Dinner
This constitutes 40% of Parliament; a record in 2023.

SMP was delivered in 2 parts:

ASC delegates

The ASC’s delegates attended through the STA membership and other ASC members also registered as individuals. This blog post shares some thoughts about the experience from four of the delegates as well as a little more background about SMP.

Who attended:

Overall the delegates gained: education about parliament generally, met with MPs or parliamentary staff, insights into view of science, networking with other attendees. Here’s more about their experience.

1-2 point snapshot: What our delegates gained from SMP as individuals

Preeti Castle: 

  • Insights into others’ experiences and what they have learned from their own practices. Some good ideas to incorporate into what I do. 
  • A greater awareness of resources available to access information about parliamentary committees/groups.

Claire Harris: 

  • Ground-truthing about what science and engagement priorities are being discussed by the individuals in leadership positions of some of our high-profile STEM organisations. 
  • Particularly enjoyed hearing Cathy Foley talking about innovation and that a lot of STEM nowadays is too incremental. (Refer to the inventiveness metric).

Phil Dooley:

  • Realised that, as science communicators we do understand how to engage with non-scientists. For most science communicators it is a given that we will need to find out from parliamentarians and their staff what their values, needs and priorities are before we decide how to engage with them.

Adam Selinger:

  • I was always curious about SMP, especially as my engagement with parliamentarians, advisors and Departments increased over time. 
  • Very interesting to hear from and meet senior people in Government, and have some of my views validated; and to gain insights into the ways others in the STEM policy space think and work.

A taste of the parliamentary patchwork

All delegates have been around science and science communication for a while. But being in the room to get a 2023 view of how parliamentarians are engaging with STEM, was extremely valuable.

“Being a fly on the wall, hearing from senior people was super valuable,” said Phil. 

“Science communication 101, obviously, is stuff that we all know. But SMP gave me a reminder that a lot of people don’t know we’ve been swimming in that for the last 20 years. There’s still a lot of people who it doesn’t reach,” said Phil.

Preeti has a lot of experience working with government. While she felt that SMP would be a fantastic experience for more junior science communicators, she gained a lot from participating. 

“SMP reminded me of the basics, including when we’re dealing with government, it’s really all about understanding what the priorities are for the government of the day,” said Preeti. 

“The timing of what’s being proposed and what changes are on the horizon means it’s important to make sure that our science communication is aligned to that. Oh and to make sure you have good briefing notes and can be succinct.

“Something new I learned about was the huge resources available online — such as Hansard records — to find out what parliamentarians are interested in and how to get access to groups and committees,” said Preeti.

Key takeaways:

  • It’s important to keep relevant advisors in the loop and to be in touch regularly.
  • Parliamentary Friends of Science established in 2012 and going strong.
  • Tools like Hansard records can greatly reduce research time.
  • Leverage timing, networks and partnerships in science communication to get cut-through into policy.

Where do parliamentarians get their science information?

It’s important to encourage parliamentarians, like all decision makers, to consider: “Where do they get their science information from?”.

Parliamentarians get their science information and perspectives from a range of sources, including:

  • organisations and formal bodies such as STA
  • their parliamentary counterparts in state and territory governments
  • information that goes through their office including media stories or briefs
  • contacts they’ve formed relationships with, for example, through meeting at events such as SMP.

“SMP reinforced for me how important it is to constantly keep your relevant advisors in the loop, keep them informed, engage early, engage consistently,” said Preeti.

“MPs are generally very well informed, they are curious, they do want to engage, they do want to learn, they want to understand and get across the issues of the day. It’s the advisors who will delve down into the detail and will quite often decide what’s on the agenda, and will help prioritise the issues,” said Preeti.

“Listening to the MP that I had a chance to meet was interesting,” said Phil. 

“He was a new MP, from country Victoria and he was very, very excited to be meeting the scientists and me. He was also very proud to say that he had a science degree in agriculture. 

“One of the things he’s on a mission to do was to get rid of this notion that he keeps hearing around the place that “the science is settled”. This was encouraging to hear. For those of us who care about the matter of what science is, it’s common to understand that science doesn’t settle things, science is never satisfied. Scientists always state: “But, what if”. It’s an important message, that this isn’t a weakness of science. But it’s a strength; that we don’t know for sure and that we use the evidence,” said Adam.

Key takeaways:

  • Use the MPs in your local region. (Think about the MP that’s the contact for both the scientists and end users/advocates.) 
  • Connect with specific portfolios, look at committees that are going on at the moment, or what inquiries are happening. 

What are MPs really like?

Living their lives as representatives of their constituents and leaders on a national stage, MPs are generally knowledgeable and able to talk with people from any background.

Phil said: “Pollies generally have a good working knowledge of issues already – they were not a blank slate on which I could write new science knowledge. They see issues arising from a good way away and get on top of them.”

According to Claire, they are ‘people people’, saying “a big part of the job is to listen and comprehend different issues to implement (or block) policy.

“The meeting I had with Senator Jessica Walsh showed me that she was extremely interested in hearing from scientists. I was with an Associate Professor and PhD student in the field of health/medicine. Senator Walsh was very engaged and intelligent and I heard this same observation from a lot of SMP delegates about the people they met with,” said Claire.

Adam had an energetic meeting with his MP and walked away feeling that there was genuine interest and enthusiasm from MPs in meeting working scientists and communicators.

“They want to hear our stories and share theirs. I would hope this would make Parliamentarians more receptive to response to letters or meeting requests down the track. It will be interesting to hear if that’s the case,” said Adam.

Opportunities for science communication, as a profession

“Certainly much opportunity to be involved and show leadership in all the current ‘dialogue’ around STEM (i.e. engaging more/all Australians; reaching under-represented cohorts and the like). The risk is not being active enough! As this is the very work many science communicators are committed to. For example, can we do more to promote wide participation from our various members / audiences in the current Diversity in STEM Dialogue Starter?”

– Adam Selinger

“With all the momentum behind STEM, now is a great opportunity to develop a narrative around what is good science communication and / or best practice science communications guidelines. It’d probably be good to do this in conjunction with STA/others, leveraging their reach, to help elevate the profession and to demonstrate the value of expertise.”

– Preeti Castle

“If the STA material was anything to go by, scientists need a bunch more familiarisation with how to talk to people with different values to themselves (i.e. policymakers)”

– Phil Dooley

“I think there’s an opportunity (and a need) to address the lack of understanding of how much professional science communicators can assist scientists and science organisations to engage with political and government systems and processes. We need to better demonstrate how communication, education, engagement – the bridging work – can add value and to guide investment, rather than accepting the status quo.”

– Claire Harris

More sophisticated investment in science communication needed

It’s probably less clear if parliamentarians understand and can make use of science communicators. Science communicators can be incredibly valuable for producing engaging stories, but it can go deeper than that, according to Claire.

“Science communicators understand different contexts and translating between areas. While there’s frequently encouragement or imploring of scientists to ‘tell your story’, ‘engage with kids’, and ‘talk in the media’, I’ve been hearing this for 20 years,” she said.

“I wanted leaders in these organisations to be able to say: ‘We need this communication and this is how we’re incentivising it. This is how we’re making it possible for scientists and technologists in these different organisations to do this’. It would move the action forward, rather than asking everyone else for it to happen. I feel like this is where ASC and science communicators can really step in and say, ‘Look, we need to bridge these gaps and this is how we can do it. This is how you can invest. This is how we can have an impact,’ said Claire.

Phil agreed saying, “Communication is often such an afterthought. We need to plan things from the beginning and make them more organised.”

Preeti added, “It’s so important to have an end-user perspective and think about the purpose or why you’re telling the story.”

“If you’re looking for government investment, or private investment in your science, it will be a different story. I think until we tighten that lens as to who we are aiming for, we are just putting out stories. They might be beautiful, and compelling but they might diffuse and not reach the intended audience,” she said.

Key takeaways:

  • It’s important to understand the priorities of government, their challenges, and what changes are afoot; timing is important. 
  • Science communicators have a breadth of experience and understanding different contexts and how they interact with each other.
  • What is a powerful role science communicators can play? Is it entertainment, is it brokering knowledge?
  • There’s still a lack of awareness around science communication.

Media release: New grants program launched for communicating science far and wide

1 July 2014 To celebrate its 20th year, the Australian Science Communicators (ASC) is proud to support a new Annual Professional Development Grants Program. The program, launching today, will provide members with an opportunity to gain support to undertake further professional development. The new grants program includes three separate grants for science communication including one for investigative journalism, honouring the late Dr Peter Pockley, a life member of the ASC. Read more about Dr Peter Pockley below. Dr Joan Leach, ASC President said that this is part of the ASC’s focus on supporting members, wherever they may live and however they contribute to helping Australians engage with science. “We have over 560 members from many corners of the country. They may be working for big organisations or themselves and may be using a range of skills related to science communication, engagement, media and education,” said Dr Leach. “These grants are about supporting members, in a small way, to develop up skills and experiences for their futures,” she said. In its foundation year, three grants will be offered:
  • The Peter Pockley Grant for Investigative Journalism (one grant $600)
  • The ASC Grant Science Communication (two grants $300 each)
According to Dr Ian McDonald from the ASC Executive and manager of the grants program, all ASC financial members are eligible to apply for a grant and details are on the website. “We encourage all members to apply for a grant, which will support recipients in undertaking professional development in the field of science communication and improving their skills,” said Dr McDonald. The scope of the grant is not limited, with members able to apply for anything they reason will help their careers. “For example, members can apply for a specific workshop, short course or conference or members could apply to use the grant to cover costs in undertaking a mentorships with experts,” said Dr McDonald. More details are available at and applications close on 1st August 2014. The recipients will be announced at the Australian Science Communicator’s National AGM later in the year. For interviews contact: ASC Vice President, Claire Harris, 0413 883 414, vicepresident [at] Background on Dr Peter Pockley: Dr Peter Pockley, a life member of the Australian Science Communicators, passed away in August of 2013. He is widely acknowledged as making an incredible contribution to the field of science communication and scientific journalism. In 1964 Dr Pockley was the first scientist to work full-time as a science reporter and producer in the Australian media, and became founding Head of Science Programs at the ABC. He established the Science Unit for TV and Radio. After leaving the ABC, Dr Pockley was appointed Head of the Public Affairs Unit at the University of New South Wales from 1973 until 1989. He then joined the Sun-Herald as a Science and Education Columnist. As a freelance journalist Dr Pockley wrote for most of Australia’s major newspapers and many overseas, including Nature as Australia’s correspondent. Dr Pockley established the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Technology, Sydney and was a Visiting Fellow at the National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science in the Australian National University from 1996-2006. In 2010 Dr Pockley was awarded the Australian Academy of Science Medal; only the seventh winner in its 20 year history and the only journalist to ever receive the award. Read more about Dr Peter Pockley at ‘Vale Peter Pockley’ in Australasian Science.

ASC national conference – only weeks away #ASC14

The Australian Science Communicators National Conference 2014, 2-5 February, Brisbane is only weeks away. So get in quick to claim your spot to attend this premier networking event promising thrills, new skills and (gasp) entertainment!

Register now

  • to attend in person
  • for livestreaming (click on the *special item tickets link)
  • for special events like the Storytelling of Science event and the very special SCANZ-ASC breakfast (click on the *special item tickets link).

Just some highlights include:

  • Over 100 distinguished speakers across disciplines and industries.
  • Leaders and visionaries of our time sharing their thoughts and ideas… check out some of the featured speakers.
  • The best networking you’ll find: cross-industry, cross-geography and cross-disciplinary with attendees from all career stages from students to leaders in their fields.
  • Three days of main conference program featuring case studies, talks, roundtable discussions, workshops and training, and debates.
  • A full stream of professional development including: web building, editing, animation, online strategy, commercial foundations, getting published, journalism and storytelling.
  • A program designed to inspire. With a theme of Insight, Impact, Innovation, ASC2014 emphasises innovation in science communication stimulated by understanding our audiences, using visual communication and new media, and demonstrating the impact of our efforts.
  • A spectacular sci-art exhibition (called SPECTRUM), SCINEMA screening, poster showcase and speed networking event.
  • The conference dinner featuring Robyn Williams (ABC Radio National’s The Science Show and Ockham’s Razor) presenting the Unsung Hero of Australian Science Communication Award.

Public events (why not bring your friends!):

  • The Storytelling of Science: a triple anniversary celebration’ featuring Tim Flannery (Chair of the Climate Council), Lynne Malcolm (ABC Science), Jenny Graves (Australian Academy of Science Secretary for Education and Public Awareness)
  • A first ever joint Science Communicators New Zealand and Australian Science Communicators breakfast event. Learn about the evolution of science communication in New Zealand and Australia with this panel featuring: Ian Lowe, Toss Gascoigne (Director at Toss Gascoigne & Associates), Jean Fleming (Professor of Science Communication and Associate Dean of Outreach at the University of Otago, New Zealand) and Jenni Metcalfe (Director of Econnect Communication). (Delegates get discounted entry!)

Stay in touch by:

Got a question? Email the program committee (program.committee [at] or regarding registration/logistics, Eventcorp our Professional Conference Organiser (ASC2014 [at]

ASC changed my life…

That’s right! We’ve heard some whispers that the ASC community has changed some people’s lives. This grassroots organisation that started back in 1994… Who’d have thunk it back in that inaugural meeting at the Press Club in Canberra.

As we come up to celebrating 20 years of ASC, we (the Executive) reckon it’s time to hear your stories.

Did you find an amazing job through the ASC-list? Did you meet someone who inspired you to get into science communication or join a science outreach project?

Tell us below! Or tweet us at @ausscicomm

So what have we heard about ASC recently?

“As a sci comm. student with UWA, I found ASC very useful, as it gave me a chance to engage with established professionals and consider future career directions. As an early career professional, being involved with ASC, and particularly volunteering at the branch level, meant that I had the chance to develop skills and build a network of contacts.” (member of 10 years)

“I heard about ASC when I studied Science Communication as a postgrad at UQ. I’ve been a member for almost ten years, about 5 of that on Branch Committees, and have really enjoyed meeting inspirational people and learning from the diverse community to approach issues I tackle at work from different, more effective, angles.” (Member of 9 years)

ASC National Conference 2014 – registrations open

The next Australian Science Communicators National Conference will be held on 3–5 February 2013 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Register here

With the theme: Insight, Impact, Innovation, ASC2014 will emphasise innovation in science communication stimulated by understanding our audiences, using visual communication and new media, and demonstrating the impact of our efforts.

Join the discussion leading up to the event as well as at the event, which is sure to include many opportunities to get involved and express your thoughts, experience and perhaps artistic flair.


It is with great pleasure that we announce the release of the new Super Earlybird registrations for ASC2014.

Super Earlybird registrations will only be available until 1 September 2013! Registrations start from $380.00! Don’t miss out on the BEST registration rates for the ASC2014 Conference.

We welcome you to attend and be part of this important event. Sponsors are welcome and a range of sponsorship packages are available.

ASC2014 Conference Organising Committtee

ASC seeking new webmaster

Express your enthusiasm for the world of the web, gain new skills and make a difference to ASC

Location: anywhere in Australia with broadband internet access.

Honorarium: $1000 per annum, with the expectation of being available regularly to provide user and technical support.


The ASC website and email lists are crucial communication channels for the organisation. They present our external profile to the world as well as providing a resource to our members, a network of 400+ professional science and technology communicators across Australia and overseas.

Over recent years the website has been upgraded and improved and the lists maintained thanks to help from committed webmasters. Now, due to family commitments, ASC needs a new webmaster.

The role includes the following activities:

  • Providing ongoing technical support and modifications of site structure and content, for example, being able to modify the WordPress theme (eg. updating backgrounds, changing structures like tabs) and managing the creation and amendment of areas on the site (new pages/sections/menu items/images to home page etc.)
  • Managing  ASC-lists and website user support: assist members to register, manage permissions process and support (eg. password help, pointing list subscribers to help content, promoting some individuals to editors)
  • Having time regularly to modify and approve posts, fix small errors in content, manage ongoing amendments, changes, bug fixes and spam
  • Reviewing and deciding on updates, plug-in options and security upgrades to ensure the website can keep in top shape (preferably hosting a test server of the site elsewhere so that we don’t bring the live site down when unknown changes are made that break the site)
  • Providing advice/input on development directions for the website and associated web projects (with consultants and broader ASC Communication Team as applicable)
  • Participating in regular meetings (monthly at this stage) with other members of ASC Communication Team
  • Exploring cross-overs with the YourMembership system (later in 2013)
  • Briefing the National Executive on issues and upgrades needed as required.

The key selection criteria for this role are:

  • Established interest in science communication
  • Experience in WordPress, website design, list/email management, wiki development and good practices to ensure the ASC website and ASC-lists are modern and engaging communication platforms
  • Experience with servers and technical website development
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Capacity to commit 15 hours per month to ASC activities.

Applications are invited by email no later than 5 pm on Monday 15 July to the attention of Claire Harris, ASC co-Vice President at:

Please include a brief CV (two pages maximum) and a statement addressing the selection criteria with relevant evidence along with contact details of two professional referees (one page maximum). Applications must be submitted in PDF or Word 2003/2007 format (.doc or .docx). Candidates must be current financial members of ASC.

If you have any technical questions about the role, email Kali Madden, ASC Executive Officer at:

Encourage discussion, write for the Big Science Communication Summit – tickets to attend up for grabs!

As you would have seen in Rod’s recent post, ASC is a community partner with the Big Science Communication Summit event in June.

This opens up exciting opportunities for our members to be involved in the event, explore today’s sci comm issues and be on-ground reporters for the event. Tickets to attend are up for grabs and you can have a writer profile on the Summit website.

We are now calling for ASC members to act as ‘stream’ ambassadors, helping to raise awareness of the discussion, promote engagement and report on developments at the Summit. See for more of an idea of what’s happening.

While what you do is open to negotiation – we know people have different interests – there are a couple of goals we’re trying to kick here and we are seeking very active, committed contributors.

1. Before the event: discussion and engagement about the topics. Your mission: pick one or more of the five streams (see below) and write a piece about the topic, which will be posted on the Summit Blog. You will work to explore in the ASC community the issues in sci comm in Australia and drive discussion in social media forums and possibly a live webchat.

2. At the event: promote discussion, tell the stories. Your mission: you are an on-ground reporter, using social media to engage, gathering content and ideas from sessions to write an article or two for the ASC website.

We are seeking current ASC members with the following skills and attributes:

  • confidence in using social media and a participatory attitude to channels including Twitter, Flickr, forums, Wikis, blogs, Reddit, Facebook, etc. Someone who will actively engage with users to promote engagement and moderate discussion on the Summit.
  • science-savvy enthusiast, actively engaged and interested in issues involved in Australian science communication. Someone who will promote discussion and interest in these elements to benefit the Summit attendees and participants.
  • able to work to deadlines and maintain a steady level of involvement in the run-up to the event.

The fun kicks off from the Friday the 17th May working with the Science Rewired team so please send your expression of interest with information about your skills and experience and your preferred stream to jobs@asc.asn.auby Thursday 16th May. (Please note, you must be a current ASC member to participate.)

ASC Vice President


Big Science Communication Summit program and streams:

The five streams/themes are:
It’s a two way street: engaging ALL Australians in the sciences.
Considering Australia’s relatively small and geographically dispersed population, where are the significant gaps within science engagement in Australia and how can we ensure a more equitable system of two-way science communication irrespective of geography, ethnicity, age or social condition? In the future how will we communicate to and learn from under-served groups, such as those living in outer metropolitan, regional and remote areas; Indigenous communities; people for whom English is a second language; and people who are disabled or have limited mobility?

Participative science: encouraging the best in citizen science.
How can the platforms and processes of citizen science be used to deliver public science engagement activities across Australia? What are the most valuable ways for science communicators, practitioners and the public to work together?

Beyond tweets and blogs: leveraging the changing media landscape.
An exponential increase in the form and function of new media both nationally and internationally has brought into stark relief the complex relationship between science, the media and the public. How can Australian science communicators make the most of the increased opportunities available online? Is there a need for stronger collaboration between scientists, artists, producers and editors to develop new ideas and push the boundaries of traditional media content?

Diminishing degrees of separation: developing collaborative approaches across sectorsWe all hold pieces of the jigsaw that makes up best practice in science communication, and finding ways to more easily collaborate and join our efforts provides for a sum picture greater than any of its parts. Such collaboration needs to occur across state and territory boundaries, between education, science, media/public relations and industry sectors and between key national organisations such as the Academies, Science and Technology Australia, Australian Science Communicators and CSIRO. There are currently a number of networks including the Inspiring Australia officers in each state and territories and nationally, and other federal, state and territory government networks, as well as a national science communications community that cross media, education and private enterprise.Collaboration clearly makes a lot of sense, so what is currently preventing these and other networks better collaborating and maximising their impacts? And do networks make it harder for non-aligned individuals to participate?
This workshop will seek to map better ways to bring those jigsaw puzzle pieces together to collaborate nationally, examine what can realistically be achieved, and discuss what will indicators of success look like?

Data at work: developing the evidence base to guide future action. In order to develop the most robust and effective science communication and engagement projects it is imperative to develop a strong evidence base. What baseline data on science communication in Australia already exists and what vital areas are data-deficient? How should this information be shared and publicised? And what are the ramifications for future funding and policy decisions?

Jobs: ASC seeking paid (and volunteer) writers!!

Get creative, gain new skills, make a difference to ASC

Location: anywhere in Australia with broadband internet access
Payment: per article for Inspiring Australia articles; love and appreciation for other writing.

We all know that writing is a critical skill for science communicators. The ASC needs people that can contribute to a number of writing projects, some are paid (money) and some are volunteer (paid for with thanks, adoration, and a growing prominent public portfolio of pieces as an ASC Writer).

1. Inspiring Australia Updates: Writing posts to ASC website about Inspiring Australia activities and projects. Writers for this task will need to deliver to a set structure and adhere to a style guide. Payment is a flat fee per post. For more details please contact

2. Website posts: You can do this now as all members have access to the ASC website (set up in WordPress)… To get some experience and write content you just need to get the latest login and get cracking. Kali and Claire can provide support to get your articles up there. Payment is a byline, love and adoration.

3. Articles for SCOPE: This is writing fun stuff for our monthly member newsletter. This newsletter goes straight to the inboxes of 400+ members! What a great way to get exposure and have some articles for your portfolio… Payment is a byline, love and adoration.

To express your interest for the above fun times, please send:

a)    a CV

b)    a statement noting which jobs you are interested in

c)     examples of your writing

d)    a statement addressing the selection criteria below:

  1. Established interest in science communication
  2. Writing and editing experience
  3. Enthusiasm!

Applications are invited by e-mail no later than 5 pm on 24 May 2013 to Claire Harris (ASC Vice President) at:

Applications must be submitted in PDF or Word 2003/2007 format (.doc or .docx). Candidates must be current financial members of ASC.

If you have any questions about the roles generally, please email

Job: ASC seeking Scope newsletter Editor

Have your finger on the pulse, gain new skills, make a difference to ASC

Location: anywhere in Australia with broadband internet access
Honorarium: $150 (+GST) per issue, with the expectation of 10 to 11 issues produced per year.

Scope is the monthly online newsletter of the Australian Science Communicators (ASC), a network of 400 + professional science and technology communicators across Australia and overseas.

The current Editor, Sally Miles, is resigning due to competing commitments, so ASC is looking for a new Editor (or two co-editors) effective from the June 2013 issue. Sally will be available to handover to the new Editor to ensure a smooth transition into the role.

The role includes the following activities:

  • Sourcing content from ASC branches, members and web editors (usually in the first two weeks of the month)
  • Occasionally interviewing people (members and non-members) for profile pieces
  • Listing recent news items or summarising topical stories to keep members up to date on current science communication issues
  • Editing content for consistency of style and formatting including permalinks, extracts and tagging
  • Working with the membership officer to ensure the member distribution list and log-in activation codes are current
  • Formatting the month’s material into short ‘teaser’ formats with click-throughs
  • Managing images and checking we have rights to use images in newsletter
  • Circulating (via Mail Chimp) to the membership on the third Thursday of the month
  • Responding to feedback from members, the National Executive
  • Attending the monthly ASC Communication team meeting and providing input (or driving) Scope planning
  • Liaising with the webmaster, membership officer, web editors and the national president as needed.

The key selection criteria for this role are:

  • Established interest in science communication
  • Computer and internet literacy, in particular familiarity (or can quickly get familiarity) with WordPress, MailChimp, Dropbox, Word/Pages, PowerPoint, Keynote
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Capacity to commit ~15 hours per month to ASC activities.

Applications are invited by email no later than 5 pm on 19 May 2013 for the attention of Claire Harris (ASC Vice President) at:

Please include a brief CV (two pages maximum) and a statement addressing the selection criteria with relevant evidence along with contact details of two professional referees (one page maximum). Applications must be submitted in PDF or Word 2003/2007 format (.doc or .docx). Candidates must be current financial members of ASC.

If you have any technical questions about the role, email Sally at:

ASC Canberra AGM and 2012 PM Science Prize Winner

28 November 2012
5:30 pmto8:00 pm

ASC Canberra AGM and Special Guest speaker Professor Ken Freeman – 2012 Prime Minister’s Science Prize recipient



(Professor Ken Freeman – picture courtesy of DIIRST)

It’s that time of year again where the committee for next year is elected; all members are encouraged to attend the AGM. Following the AGM we will hold a public event (sponsored by Inspiring Australia and CSIRO Discovery) where attendees will hear from Canberra local, Professor Ken Freeman, recipient of this year’s Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.

When: Wednesday the 28th of November

Where: CSIRO Discovery Centre, CSIRO Discovery, Lecture Theatre, Clunies Ross St, Black Mountain, ACT (map and parking info)

Time: 5:30-8:00pm

5:30-6:15pm: ASC Canberra AGM – ASC Members only, drinks and nibbles provided.

  • Nominations for positions on the ASC ACT Committee are open (more details below).
  • The Committee encourages new applications from ASC members who would like to get involved in shaping and leading activities and events.

6:30-7:15pm: Professor Ken Freeman – Open to public.

  • Hear from Professor Ken Freeman about his career, what work led to receiving the prestigious PM’s Science Prize, how important communication has been throughout his career and more recently with the media interest around him winning the award.

7:15pm-8pm: Food and Drinks

RSVP:  Please RSVP for catering purposes.

Cost: Event free for ASC members and members also get tickets for lucky-door prizes. Non-members: Gold coin donation on entry

For further enquiries on event or if you would like to nominate for a 2013 committee position please contact


The ASC Canberra AGM Agenda

Are you a proactive member wanting to be part of shaping ASC? All positions on the committee are genuinely open. The committee’s main responsibilities are organising networking and professional development events for ASC members in Canberra and supporting and shaping the national activities.

1. Confirmation of members attending, apologies, proxies.
2. Confirmation of the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
3. Tabling of treasurer and president reports
4. Nominations sought for office bearers (those in bold mandatory). Where more than one nomination, vote by members in secret ballot (nominees leave the room).

  • President
  • National liaison position (this position can be held as a dual-role by President, Treasurer or a Committee member)
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Social Media and Web Officer
  • Promotions Officer
  • Digital Media Officer
  • Networking and Memberships Officer

5. Any other business
6. Close meeting

To receive more information on the duties of the positions or to register your interest in being a committee member email ‘asccanberra AT’.

If you cannot attend the meeting, please send a proxy vote via email as we need a quorum (20% of current member numbers or 20 members, whichever is less).

Being on the committee is a great way to build your professional network, get event management experience and learn new skills. And the committee has been known, of course, to enjoy catching up often for breakfast or over a beer.

More information about the ASC Canberra Committee can be found at: