[ASC-list] Fwd: Sci Comm careers: Science Degree + ? // Is it worth doing a general graduate communicaitons diploma?

Nancy Longnecker nancy.longnecker at uwa.edu.au
Thu Feb 2 03:38:23 UTC 2012

Hello Regan,

I think your advice is sound. 

It's a pity Tessa can't move interstate. Some of the classes in the UWA science communication courses (Graduate Diploma and Master of Science Communication) resonate with your suggestion:

SCOM8702 Exhibitions and Interpretation
SCOM8307 Evaluating Science Engagement


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Kind regards, Nancy

Assoc Prof Nancy Longnecker

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From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au [asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of Regan Forrest [regan at reganforrest.com]
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Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Fwd: Sci Comm careers: Science Degree + ? // Is it worth doing a general graduate communicaitons diploma?

Hi Kali,

Particularly given a zoology background, I'd be tempted to suggest
Tessa looks into courses that include interpretation training with a
natural sciences leaning. These are often geared towards Parks and
Wildlife people, but the skills are transferable and probably will have
more resonance than a generic comms course.

I think Deakin runs a cultural heritage management course that might
have course units that fit the bill.

Interpretation (particularly of natural heritage) and Science
Communication have much in common - but we each seem to have created our
own silos such that we are often not aware of what each other is doing!

(Full disclosure - I'm Vice President of Interpretation Australia

Best wishes,


On 02.02.2012 12:54, Kali Madden wrote:
> Hi ASC-Listers,
> From time to time we have people seeking study and career advice as
> they have decided they want to become a science communicator.
> This sort of information is often obtained by speaking to people
> who've done it already, whether at local branch events or a national
> event with sessions like: "Science Communication is what I want to
> do,
> now what?" *
> So, apart from joining the ASC and becoming involved with local and
> national events, what would you recommend for those who wish to know
> how to navigate their way in to a Science Communication career?
> We have an inquiry below from Tessa who wonders whether further
> general communications study on top of her existing science degree
> would support her aims.
> Thoughts? Feedback? Suggestions?
> Cheers,
> Kali
> * See:
> http://2012conf.asc.asn.au/2011/12/24/plenary-4-%E2%80%9Cscience-communication-is-what-i-want-to-do-now-what-career-possibilities-and-resources%E2%80%9D/
> [1]
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: TESSA K
> Date: Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 10:41 PM
>  Subject: Is it worth doing a general graduate communicaitons
> diploma?
> To: office at asc.asn.au [3]
> Hi Kali,
> I spoke to you on the phone last week about courses.  If you could
> pass on what I have written below as we discussed, that would be
> fantastic.
> I am interested in science communication and I have a degree in
> science with honours (Zoology). But as there are no courses on
> science
> communication in Victoria and I cannot afford to move interstate to
> study, I would like some advise on whether it would be worth doing a
> general communications graduate diploma.
> The courses I'm looking at are:
> http://www.vu.edu.au/courses/graduate-diploma-in-communication-agco
> [4]
> http://courses.swinburne.edu.au/courses/Graduate-Diploma-of-Arts-(Media-and-Communications)-N0817/local
> [5]
> http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/courses/course.php?course=A639&stutype=local&continue=Continue
> [6]
> Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
> Thank you,
> Tessa Koumoundouros
> tesskou at gmail.com [7]
> ----------------------
> Kali Madden
> ASC Office
> Links:
> ------
> [1]
> http://2012conf.asc.asn.au/2011/12/24/plenary-4-%E2%80%9Cscience-communication-is-what-i-want-to-do-now-what-career-possibilities-and-resources%E2%80%9D/
> [2] mailto:tesskou at gmail.com
> [3] mailto:office at asc.asn.au
> [4]
> http://www.vu.edu.au/courses/graduate-diploma-in-communication-agco
> [5]
> http://courses.swinburne.edu.au/courses/Graduate-Diploma-of-Arts-%28Media-and-Communications%29-N0817/local
> [6]
> http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/courses/course.php?course=A639|+|amp|+|stutype=local|+|amp|+|continue=Continue
> [7] mailto:tesskou at gmail.com

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