The strategic review: where we’re up to

If you’ve kept up with our SCOPE newsletters and other communications activity over the past 9 months, you’d know that the ASC Executive have been running a structured discovery-led strategic review process. This has been the primary purpose of our work in 2022, and we’ve made some significant progress.

We wanted to share an update of […]

Perspectives on Diversity in STEMM – Checkout the video here!

Australian Science Communicators, NSW Branch is so proud to support the documentary style video on Perspectives on Diversity in STEMM.

Quoted from Australia’s Science Channel: With a quarter of its population born overseas, Australia is culturally and linguistically diverse. Inclusion and diversity are core of the identity and spirit of Australian society and its contemporary culture.

However, […]

Six questions for outgoing SA Chief Scientist Prof. Don Bursill AM

Thank you to Abbie Thomas for sharing this interview.
After three very successful years as SA’s Chief Scientist, Don Bursill is looking forward to doing a bit of fishing. During his time leading the South Australian science community he has established a State Science Policy, set up Future Fellowships to keep SA’s best researchers from heading […]

A new climate in Canberra

Thanks to Brigid Mullane for this opinion piece for Scope.
Since Tony Abbott announced his new cabinet in September, much has been made of the absence of the word ‘science’ in any minister’s title.
Ian Macfarlane is now Minister for Industry, which includes responsibility for the CSIRO. In the previous government, Kim Carr was Minister for Innovation, […]

Young Tall Poppy Science Award Campaign and the ASC

Jesse Shore, National President is pleased to announce that the ASC has signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) with the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS). AIPS runs the nationwide Young Tall Poppy Science Awards and this LoA will encourage Award winners to get involved in ASC events. Continue reading

What’s happening with Inspiring Australia?

The Inspiring Australia initiative launched last year aims to generate a coherent nation-wide approach to the communication of the sciences. Jesse Shore recently met with the team in Canberra to discuss shared interests with the ASC and how the two can potentially collaborate. Continue reading

Chubb settles for diplomacy

Interesting transcript, giving, I believe, some insight into what we can expect from our chief scientist. What do you think?
And some more insight here:

Inspiring…ASC and friends

Comments on the Inspiring Australia conference from Liz Yuncken, ASC ACT branch Continue reading

Professor Ian Chubb appointed as Chief Scientist

Professor Chubb was formally appointed to his new role by Innovation Minister Kim Carr at Parliament House in Canberra today.
Professor Chubb has had a distinguished career in higher education and research and recently retired after a decade as vice-chancellor of the Australian National University.
A neuroscientist by training, he has co-authored some 70 full […]

Researchers rally over $400m cuts

Yesterday in Melbourne and Sydney, rallies were held to protest against the possible $400m (20%) reduction in the National Health and Medical Research budget. Thousands gathered outside Parliament house in Melbourne, scientists, students and professors stood alongside those who were the recipients of the medical research scientists had conducted.
From a student at the rally:
I am […]