[ASC-list] Code of Ethics

Susan Kirk skirk at iprimus.com.au
Tue Oct 30 05:11:56 UTC 2012


Hi,

I think this issue (code of ethics) should be discussed in more depth at the
AGM.  Cribby's code looks like a great starting place. Can we have an agenda
please too.  I don't know if I'm missing something but I've never had one.

Susan Fairbairn (nee Kirk)




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>    1. The changing role of the ASC President (David Ellyard)
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> Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2012 08:43:15 +1100
> From: "David Ellyard" <david at davidellyard.com>
> To: <asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>
> Subject: [ASC-list] The changing role of the ASC President
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>  
> 
>  
> 
> THE ASC IN TRANSITION
> 
>  
> 
> Up till now the ASC has been a typical volunteer organisation, reliant on
> the unpaid and spare-time efforts of our  members and officers, though
> modest honoraria have been paid to some of the latter. This approach has
> allowed us to make a significant impact, but with  the rising profile of
> science communication, as represented  inter alia by the Inspiring Australia
> initiative, your National Council believes it is time to move on and adopt a
> more professional style  of management and operation.
> 
>  
> 
> We have already appointed Kali Madden as our paid, though still part time,
> Executive Officer. In that capacity she is responsible for the efficient
> running of our internal operations, such as membership management.  The next
> proposed step is the appointment in the next few months of a General Manager
> to undertake similar efficient management with regards to our external
> relations, including our significant  involvement with Inspiring Australia,
> linkages with like-minded organisations, the staging of National Conferences
> and so on. We believe that such an appointment will further raise our
> profile, enhance our impact on science communication in Australia and
> increase our membership.
> 
>  
> 
> The changing role of the ASC President
> 
>  
> 
> The new appointment will have a significant impact of the role of the ASC
> President, much as the work of the Executive Officer eases the burden on the
> Treasurer. It is intended that the General Manager will take over many of
> the roles currently filled by the President. The latter would become more
> like the Chairman of the Board, providing leadership and oversighting the
> development of policy, with  the implementation of policy and the
> development of new programs resting with the General Manager. As a result
> the position of President will be much less time-consuming than it has been,
> and should be more attractive to a wider range of members, including some in
> senior positions in the sci-com community.
> 
>  
> 
> Under  our constitution, the President is supported by one or two
> Vice-Presidents, who can be assigned specific roles. These officers are
> appointed by the National  Council from among its number, or (as now)
> co-opted from the wider membership. This provides a further opportunity to
> ease the workload on the President.
> 
>  
> 
> The President is elected at our Annual General Meeting, which this year will
> be Brisbane on 27 November. If you have an interest in taking up the
> Presidency (or any other role) and would like to discuss the matter further,
> contact our current (and soon to retire) President Jesse Shore
> (jesse at prismaticsciences.com) or our Treasurer David Ellyard
> 
> (david at davidellyard.com)
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> Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2012 10:57:48 +1100
> From: "JCribb" <jcribb at work.netspeed.com.au>
> To: "'David Ellyard'" <david at davidellyard.com>,
> <asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au>
> Subject: Re: [ASC-list] The changing role of ASC
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> David and colleagues -
> 
>  
> 
> As your foundation president, I believe It is also time ASC seriously
> considered adopting a professional code of ethics or charter of practice,
> like other professions.  We need this not only for our own professional
> standards, but also to protect science communicators from exploitation or
> misuse by science organisations seeking to employ them for institutional
> propaganda purposes.
> 
>  
> 
> I invite all members to consider whether we should adopt a code similar to
> the following, (which I proposed several years ago, but which the then ASC
> executive took no action on). I'm happy to explain the thinking behind each
> element, as members may require:
> 
>  
> 
> CHARTER FOR SCIENCE COMMUNICATION IN AUSTRALIA
> 
>  
> 
> Principles
> 
> 1.      Scientific knowledge is the common heritage of all people.
> 
> 2.      The sharing, or communication, of scientific knowledge is as
> important as its discovery.
> 
> 3.      The future of Australia depends on the equitable sharing and rapid
> adoption of sound scientific knowledge.
> 
> 4.      Scientific knowledge should be communicated as truthfully,
> ethically, fairly and widely as practical for the benefit of Australia.
> 
> 5.      The future of Australian science depends on its ability to shape
> itself to the needs, values and standards of Australians.
> 
> 6.      The interests of the Australian people are higher than those of any
> individual, scientific institution, funding agency, commercial entity or
> government body.
> 
>  
> 
> Code of practice
> 
>  
> 
> Science communicators hold the future in our hands. We help to move the new
> knowledge generated by scientists to the people who need and will use it.
> We spread awareness of new insights into Australia, humanity and the world
> we live in. We educate, inform, stimulate, challenge, inspire and warn. We
> are agents of change, transmitters of new technologies, heralds of ideas for
> a sustainable and prosperous society. We also help scientists to understand
> the needs and wishes of our society, so their science may serve it better.
> 
>  
> 
> We are professional communicators, journalists, writers and authors,
> teachers, lecturers, scientists and technologists, engineers, social
> scientists . We value scientific knowledge for itself and for the benefits
> it can bring society, and we recognise the potential harm it can cause if
> misapplied. 
> 
>  
> 
> As science communicators we commit ourselves to:
> 
>  
> 
> 1. Communicate science truthfully, factually and professionally in the
> interests of all Australians
> 2. Communicate science as widely as possible, in order to promote the
> useful, safe and rapid adoption of new knowledge and technologies for the
> benefit of Australia.
> 3. Recognise that the Australian public through their taxes pay for
> most science and that their lives may be affected by it.  They are therefore
> owed a factual report or explanation.
> 4. Encourage and assist scientists and scientific organisations to
> share the new knowledge they have gained through research with Australian
> governments, industry and the community as widely as possible.
> 5. Encourage and assist scientists and other researchers to communicate
> their work to the public and other audiences in a skilful, informative and
> respectful fashion.
> 6. Encourage scientific institutions to listen closely to community and
> national opinion about science in order to respond to the needs, wishes and
> concerns of Australia and promote the useful, rapid and safe adoption of new
> knowledge
> 7. Observe and uphold high professional standards of honesty, integrity
> and fairness in the communication of science.
> 8. Acknowledge that almost all technologies have potential downsides or
> capacity for misapplication, and communicate these accurately and in a
> balanced fashion, as well as the potential benefits.
> 9. Not permit personal interest, belief, payment, suasion or coercion
> to undermine our commitment to truthfulness, fairness, balance or
> professional integrity in communicating science.
> 10. Not allow commercial, bureaucratic or other organisational
> considerations to undermine the principle of providing a fair, truthful and
> balanced report to the Australian people.
> 
> Julian
> 
>  
> 
> Julian Cribb FTSE
> 
> Julian Cribb & Associates
> 
> ph +61 (0)2 6242 8770 or 0418 639 245
> 
> www.sciencealert.com.au/jca.html
> 
> Skype: julian.cribb
> 
>  
> 
> If you EAT, you should follow: http://twitter.com/#!/ComingFamine
> 
>  
> 
> From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au
> [mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of David Ellyard
> Sent: Sunday, 28 October 2012 8:43 AM
> To: asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au
> Subject: [ASC-list] The changing role of the ASC President
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> THE ASC IN TRANSITION
> 
>  
> 
> Up till now the ASC has been a typical volunteer organisation, reliant on
> the unpaid and spare-time efforts of our  members and officers, though
> modest honoraria have been paid to some of the latter. This approach has
> allowed us to make a significant impact, but with  the rising profile of
> science communication, as represented  inter alia by the Inspiring Australia
> initiative, your National Council believes it is time to move on and adopt a
> more professional style  of management and operation.
> 
>  
> 
> We have already appointed Kali Madden as our paid, though still part time,
> Executive Officer. In that capacity she is responsible for the efficient
> running of our internal operations, such as membership management.  The next
> proposed step is the appointment in the next few months of a General Manager
> to undertake similar efficient management with regards to our external
> relations, including our significant  involvement with Inspiring Australia,
> linkages with like-minded organisations, the staging of National Conferences
> and so on. We believe that such an appointment will further raise our
> profile, enhance our impact on science communication in Australia and
> increase our membership.
> 
>  
> 
> The changing role of the ASC President
> 
>  
> 
> The new appointment will have a significant impact of the role of the ASC
> President, much as the work of the Executive Officer eases the burden on the
> Treasurer. It is intended that the General Manager will take over many of
> the roles currently filled by the President. The latter would become more
> like the Chairman of the Board, providing leadership and oversighting the
> development of policy, with  the implementation of policy and the
> development of new programs resting with the General Manager. As a result
> the position of President will be much less time-consuming than it has been,
> and should be more attractive to a wider range of members, including some in
> senior positions in the sci-com community.
> 
>  
> 
> Under  our constitution, the President is supported by one or two
> Vice-Presidents, who can be assigned specific roles. These officers are
> appointed by the National  Council from among its number, or (as now)
> co-opted from the wider membership. This provides a further opportunity to
> ease the workload on the President.
> 
>  
> 
> The President is elected at our Annual General Meeting, which this year will
> be Brisbane on 27 November. If you have an interest in taking up the
> Presidency (or any other role) and would like to discuss the matter further,
> contact our current (and soon to retire) President Jesse Shore
> (jesse at prismaticsciences.com) or our Treasurer David Ellyard
> 
> (david at davidellyard.com)
> 
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