Gentlemen’s rules are out, scientists: it’s time to unleash the beast

by Rod Lamberts and Will J. Grant
War has been declared, and those who recognise the fundamental role science plays in everyday life need to decide where they stand.
Building on the budgetary and rhetorical slights of recent months, rumours are now afield that the Gillard government is looking at cutting the National Health and Medical Research […]

Send in the Scientists

A story that highlights: the apparent lack of scientific input into government policy. The effectiveness of anonymous dissident websites…
A proposal to amend the Federal Criminal Code Act could see a number of plants species become outlawed.
The proposed schedule reads as follows:

Any plant containing mescaline including any plant of the genus Lophophora.
Any plant containing DMT […]

Science more complex with bureaucracy?

First we have the complexities and uncertainties of science and then we introduce a bureaucratic process that can be inefficient and sometimes, incompetent.
I give you a prime example in the case of the Asian honey bee eradication program. Full story continues……
SENATE COMMITTEE ORDERS RECONVENING OF CCEPP TO CONTINUE ERADICATION PROGRAM FOR ASIAN […]

Observations on the Inspiring Australia report and its relevance to the ASC

Rob Morrison’s analysis and synthesis of ASC members’ comments Continue reading

From the President, June 2010: Inspiring Australia; national workshops; theatre; and ‘What is science?’

National President Jesse Shore updates the membership on the latest news Continue reading

Inspiring Australia – response to the national science communication report

The ASC President and Immediate Past President acknowledge and respond to Senator Carr’s science communication report launched 8 February 2010 Continue reading

Canberra event: Communicating science for policy – the role of science communicators

[ 24 September 2009; 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Join our panel to discuss how research can better inform policy, and the role of science communicators in this process. Continue reading

Background to the National Science Communication Strategy

The National Science Communication Strategy: what it is, why it’s underway now, who’s involved, and the next steps in the process. Continue reading

ASC submission on the National Science Communication Strategy

Submissions for the National Science Communication Strategy are due on 24 August. Read on to find out how to have your say… Continue reading

For Comment: Draft Charter for Science Communication in Australia

Draft principles and code of practice for science communication in Australia Continue reading