[ASC-list] Final call for research-track papers on science communication for the ASC National Conference 7-10 February

Timothy Thwaites timth at optusnet.com.au
Thu Dec 3 11:34:06 UTC 2009

This is the final call for papers for the research-track of the ASC National
Conference at the Australian National University in Canberra from 7 to 10
February. The conference will enable science communication researchers and
practitioners to share experiences and learn from each other. To register
and check out the program, visit the ASC website at www.asc.asn.au 

The research track provides opportunities to present work, identify areas
that need enquiry, investigate how to improve practice, and strengthen
practitioner-researcher collaborations.

To maximise the opportunity for interaction, standard presentations will be
minimised and dialogue and networking fostered.

Whether you are academic, practitioner or student, if you are involved with
any research or evaluation that has implications for science communication,
we encourage you to put forward a paper.


7 December

Research communication and discussion will be formally facilitated at the
conference in four ways.

1) Research papers  - parallel session presentations

Presentations on an aspect of science communication research or evaluation
will be given 10 minutes talk-time and followed by panel sessions or
roundtable discussions, depending on the number of people attending the
session. It is not necessary to submit under a particular conference theme,
but where relevant and possible, presentation sessions will be thematically


*	An overview of not more than 500 words to:

conference.submissions at asc.asn.au 

*	Submissions can be on any science communication research or

area, but must include:

*	Your name, title and contact information
*	A brief outline explaining why the paper constitutes "science
communication" research and/or evaluation. (100 words)
*	An abstract outlining the context or event, research questions,
methods, outcomes, etc.  (350 words)
*	One to three questions that the research or evaluation has inspired,
or provokes, for discussion after the presentation.  (50 words per question)

2) Research contributions to plenaries, workshops or symposia 

*	People submitting papers that are of particular relevance to

plenaries, workshops or symposia may be invited to contribute to these fora
instead of a research-specific session. It will be up to the session/theme
convener to invite and provide details to presenters directly.

*	You can choose to make submissions to contribute to

specific sessions, and they will be forwarded to that  forum's convener.
Should you wish to submit directly to a specific session, please indicate
the name of session to which you would like to contribute clearly at the
beginning of  your 500-word overview

*	If your submission to a specific session cannot be included in that

it could be accepted for submission in a research track session.  The
convener of the session will forward your submission to the research stream

3) Research student sessions

The goal here is to bring together widely distributed research students in
science communication and related fields.  Interaction with peers can be a
confidence-building reality check and an invaluable avenue for finding ways
to clear hurdles that your supervisors have not, or cannot, address.  These
sessions will focus on discussion, sharing of experiences, and networking
rather than formal presentations.  However, you are welcome to organise
extended focus on one individual's work in one of the conference's ad hoc
sessions (outlined below at 4)

For these sessions, please tell us what you would like to see in these
sessions, and what you hope to get out of them. For example:

*	Preferred session format. For example; roundtables, panel-

discussions, problem-solving workshops or informal drinks

*	Preferences for session content. For example; current big issues in

science communication research or methodological matters.

4) Ad Hoc sessions

Flexible meeting spaces and facilitators will be on hand for ad hoc sessions
in response to ideas and issues that have been nagging you or issues and
questions that arise during the conference.

Some of these sessions may be 'clinics', where you bring a problem where you
would like input.  For example, would you like an academic to assist in
developing an evaluation tool for a community outreach program that you are
running?  Or, are you a researcher who needs your theory 'reality-checked'
by a practitioner?

NOTE - These sessions do not have to be about research

Details about how to take advantage of this opportunity will be provided at
the conference.




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