[ASC-list] WA - State of Science Communication Event Invitation

Sarah Lau SLau at chemcentre.wa.gov.au
Thu Oct 15 08:32:46 UTC 2009




WA State of Science Communication <http://www.sciencewa.net.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2802&Itemid=200141> 


WA: State of Science Communication
Thursday, 5 November 2009

As a field, science communication is rapidly gaining recognition for its importance to the wider community. Science communicators experience everyday the challenges of learning and interpreting science, including the latest research, and communicating these ideas. However, the techniques and practices for communicating science are evolving just as quickly as science and technology itself.

Register NOW <http://www.sciencewa.net.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2802&Itemid=200141> WA: State of Science Communication provides an opportunity for Western Australian science communicators to gain insights from those at the forefront of science communication in Australia. 
Run over one day, WA: State of Science Communication will discuss with its panel members and audience some of the issues facing science communicators today along with new approaches to science communication.

Discussion Forum topics are:

Engaging scientists in communications: What’s in it for them?
Panel members Emma Donnelly from Curtin University, Janine McDonald from The University of Western Australia and Pepi Smyth from Murdoch University will discuss how to engage scientists in the communication process and encourage their involvement.

What does Web 2.0 offer science communicators?
Rapid changes in Internet media, publishing tools and social networking represent both potential benefits and pitfalls for science communicators. Learn about real-life case studies and hear some local success stories.
Panel member Prof. Tony Peacock, Invasive Animals CRC CEO, talks about the successes of his Feral Thoughts blog, twittering and facebook. Also on the panel are Brad Coleman (iVEC) and Nick Leigh (Curtin University), to talk about other ways of communicating online.

The realities of communicating climate change?
Much of today’s scientific research is closely linked to the biggest environmental issue facing society today: climate change. Panellists Prof. Carmen Lawrence and Kevin Goss from UWA will join Prof. David Doepel and Assoc. Prof. Brad Pettit from Murdoch University to give their insights into the politics and complexities of communicating climate change.

Making science communication count: Measuring the success of your communications strategy
Despite the prevalence of communication strategies in many scientific and research-based organizations, the evaluation of such strategies is still a significant challenge.
Panellists and highly regarded science communicators, Dr Nancy Longnecker (The University of Western Australia), Karen Kerlin and Prof. Leonie Rennie (Curtin University), and Tanyia Maxted (Murdoch University) discuss the importance of creating communication strategies with effective evaluation measures.

Location: Scitech, Lotterywest Science Theatre, West Perth
Cost: $50 (inc. all conference materials and lunch)

For more information and registration, please visit the WA: State of Science Communication page <http://www.sciencewa.net.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2802&Itemid=200141>  on ScienceNetwork WA http://www.sciencewa.net.au

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