[ASC-list] Motion to ratify selection of Life member

Jesse Shore jesse at prismaticsciences.com
Mon Nov 22 09:01:05 UTC 2010

The agenda for our AGM on 13 December includes 'Motion to ratify selection
of Life member'. The members of the National Council enthusiastically
approved Rob Morrison's motion that we extend Life membership to Peter
Pockley. David Ellyard seconded the motion. This decision needs to be
ratified by the members at a general meeting. 


Peter Pockley is a deserving recipient of this acknowledgement. He has been
a pioneer in science communication in Australia, establishing specialist
reporting of science in 1964. Peter has been active in articulating best
practice in reporting on science and other means of science communication.
He has been an important sceptical and analytical voice who has consistently
contributed to ASC dialogues about professional standards and practice in
our field. Peter has mentored many ASC members who in turn made major
contributions to communicating science and to the association. 


Peter has earlier this year received a major award for his work which I
reported to the members in April (see below).


With your ratification of this motion Peter will become the ASC's fifth life


In April I reported to the membership:

I am pleased to report that Peter Pockley, a long standing member of ASC,
today has been awarded the Australian Academy of Science Academy Medal for

The Academy announced his award was for 'outstanding contributions to
science by means other than the conduct of scientific research', where his
efforts 'significantly advanced the cause of science and technology in
Australia'. This medal is normally awarded no more than once in three years.

The links to the Australian Academy of Science about this award are



Peter has been a pioneer and leader of science communication in various
media over many years. It is wonderful news that he has been recognised in
this way for his many contributions to engaging audiences with science.




Jesse Shore

President, Australian Science Communicators, 2010

 <http://www.asc.asn.au/> http://www.asc.asn.au/ 


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