[ASC-list] Promoting prizes related to communication of science

Jenni Metcalfe jenni at econnect.com.au
Wed May 4 03:46:40 UTC 2011

And if what Bobbi says is true, which it is, (coz let's face it we're
not here for the $$$), shouldn't the same also apply to scientists,
journalists and science teachers who are also paid to do their job well!


I don't think just people who do extra voluntary work should be
rewarded, but rather those that demonstrate excellence in their practice
as a science communicator...


But yes, I do agree with Bobbi's other points and suggestions and we do
need to define what 'excellence' is in all the various practices of
science communication...


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From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au
[mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of Rob Morrison
Sent: Wednesday, 4 May 2011 12:50 PM
To: Bobby Cerini; list at asc.asn.au
Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Promoting prizes related to communication of


Bobby says:


On the one hand, is just 'doing our jobs' as communicators really
anything special? If we make a good living from what we do, we've
already been rewarded; if our programs are designed to have an impact,
and they're successful at that, then we have really just done our job.  

While I agree with most of what she then says, sadly the above is not
always so. There are many who do a huge amount of science communication
on a voluntary basis, and quite often at their own cost. We could all
cite examples, but in my state the NSWk Committee and the Board of
SciWorld (our version or Questicon) are 2 examples. Others (often the
same people) run natural history societies for the young, sit on
Councils etc etc - all for no pay at all. Some of that involves
mentoring as well, which is very time-consuming. That is why the Unsung
hero award is so good, as it tends to pick out those who have gone above
and beyond, and I agree that these should be preferred over those who
have simply done their paid jobs.  


I strongly believe that, if ASC is, as it says, the national
professional body for science communiucators, we should recognise those
who excel with our own ASC award. Money is nice, but recognition is
often even better. Witness the Australasian Science Award, in which that
splendid monthly picks off a deserving recipient each year, but the
prize doesn't carry a cash component.  




Dr Rob Morrison
rob.morrison at flinders.edu.au
Phone: (08) 8339 3790
Fax: (08)8339 6272



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