[ASC-list] An update from the DIISR on the Inspiring Australia report in action

Jesse Shore jesse at prismaticsciences.com
Mon Nov 8 01:04:32 UTC 2010

I'm posting the following article about Inspiring Australia actions on
behalf of DIISR. I've reported through the year about IA activities which
ASC members have been involved in or should know about. It's good to see the
department is moving to a regular means of communicating its activities. 


Jesse Shore

National president


How are we Inspiring Australia? 


An update from the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
on the Inspiring Australia report in action


"Australian Science Communicators welcomes Inspiring Australia, a report
which set the agenda for science communication for the nation."

-        Dr Jesse Shore, President, and Mr Tim Thwaites, Immediate
Past-President, Australian Science Communicators, February 2010


Public engagement with the sciences is essential to achieving an innovative
society with a technologically skilled workforce, a scientifically literate
community and well informed decision makers.


Now is the time to motivate and inspire Australians! The Australian
Government, in collaboration with Australia's top thinkers in science and
innovation, teachers, journalists and other science communicators have
developed a national strategy for engagement with the sciences: Inspiring
Australia. The Inspiring Australia <link to
http://www.innovation.gov.au/inspiringaustralia> strategy, released in
February 2010, aims to build a strong, open relationship between science and
society, underpinned by effective communication of science and its uses. 


To see the goals of the strategy achieved, partnerships between science,
industry, community organisations and governments throughout Australia are
essential. We invite you to get involved and benefit from all that Inspiring
Australia has to offer.


Inspiring Australia has hit the ground running. Since February we've been
building partnerships and developing activities to engage Australia in the
sciences. An Inspiring Australia State and Territory Officers Working Group
has been established to enhance collaboration between governments. This has
already resulted in the joint funding of Inspiring Australia officers in a
number of states and territories, jointly funded events around Australia and
the drafting of a Framework of Principles for Science Communication

National Science Week, now under the banner of Inspiring Australia, was a
huge success in August this year with 1.6 million people participating and
the prestigious Prime Minister's Prizes for Science will continue with
announcements to be made on November 17.


Two groups of experts have also been created, one looking at ways to
strengthen the media's role in communicating science, and the other
establishing a system for evaluating science engagement activities. Both
working groups will deliver their final reports in November.




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