[ASC-list] ACT Event: 24 Sep 'Science Communicators: where would science be without them?'

Claire Harris claireharris.oz at gmail.com
Wed Sep 12 05:18:41 UTC 2012

ASC Canberra committee invites you to attend *Science Communicators: where
would science be without them?*


Communicating complex topics such as climate change, human health, water
management and biotechnology can be challenging. Scientists and their
organisations often need to manage attacks on credibility, mistrust and
misinformation. So who is working with scientists to help them communicate
their research and participate in the public and political debate? Peek
behind closed doors and you will often find science communicators.

If you've ever wondered how successful science communicators learned to
master the art of conveying the complexities, relevancy and potential
implications of new scientific knowledge, then this interactive forum will
give you a glimpse into the careers of six passionate science
communicators in the ACT. They will share their experiences, both good and
bad, in communicating science to various audiences and reveal the
challenges of understanding the needs, expectations and concerns of
specific audiences.

*Date:* Monday, 24 September 2012

*Time:* 6 pm – 7:30 pm (Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for seating)

*Location:* CSIRO Discovery Centre Lecture Theatre, Clunies Ross St, Acton (

*Cost:* Free for members. Gold coin donation from non-members

Evening also features:

   - drinks and nibbles provided after panel discussion concludes at about
   7 pm
   - lucky door prize for Australian Science Communicators (ASC) members

 *RSVP: *http://scicommunicators.eventbrite.com

*Enquiries:* asccanberra at gmail.com or call 02 6246 4646.


[image: Image of Kylie Walker]*Kylie Walker* is Director of Communications
and Outreach at the Australian Academy of Science. After more than a decade
in mainstream journalism in Sydney, Perth and the federal press gallery,
she has spent the past six years as a Canberra-based communications
professional advocating on the federal political and media stages for
not-for-profit and membership groups in the health and science sectors.

[image: Image of Simon Copland]*Simon Copland* is Science Communications
Officer in the Colleges of Medicine, Biology and Environment; and Physical
and Mathematical Sciences at the Australian National University (ANU). He
is experienced in a range of science communication activities and is
currently studying his Masters in Science Communication. He is also an
active writer – he is the political editor of FUSE Magazine and has
published material in ABC’s The Drum, New Matilda and the Sydney Star

[image: Image of Chris Cassella]*Chris Cassella* is Managing Director of
ScienceAlert Pty Ltd, an ex-Microsoft programmer and failed neuroscientist.
Over the last five years, he has transformed ScienceAlert into the #1
provider of science news on Facebook. With almost two million fans
worldwide, ScienceAlert’s Facebook page is more popular than the Wall
Street Journal, Time
Magazine and the Economist. Chris is a strong proponent of Facebook as a
platform to inspire and engage young people around the world with science.

[image: Image of Janet Salisbury]*Janet Salisbury* has a background in
cancer research and 10 years of postdoctoral research experience. Since
1990, she has built up her own company, Biotext, a science information
consultancy specialising in health, biomedical science, agriculture and the
environment. Janet’s work has covered topics such as evidence-based
medicine, infectious diseases, air and water quality, and sustainable
development.  She has an interest in the interaction of scientists,
decision makers and the public in the development of science policy.

[image: Image of Mary Mulcahy]*Mary Mulcahy* is Communication Manager for
CSIRO’s Energy Group. She has oversight of the Energy Group communications
strategy, and leads a national team responsible for communicating about the
outcomes from CSIRO energy research to government, industry and community.
After completing a science degree, Mary’s first job was as an ecologist
with the Tasmanian Inland Fisheries Commission looking at instream flow
requirements for four major Tasmanian rivers.   After a stint as a high
school teacher, and completing a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication,
Mary worked in a range of education outreach programs including managing
the Graduate Diploma in Scientific Communication at ANU and Questacon and
then took on the challenge of helping to set up a similar interactive
science centre in Malaysia. Following that, she managed the science
outreach centre at the University of New South Wales and then joined the
University of Technology in Sydney to manage research communications across
the University.


[image: Image of Toss Gascoigne]*Toss Gascoigne* is a consultant
specialising in science communication, and with broad experience working
across all disciplines. He has served as Executive Director for three
national organisations over the last 15 years: the Federation of Australian
Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS); the Council for the
Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS); and Australian Science
Innovations (ASI). Toss is a former President and life member of Australian
Science Communicators and the inaugural President of an international group
called the Network for the Public Communication of Science and Technology
(PCST). Since 1995 he has regularly published articles, book chapters,
policy documents and commentaries on matters relating to science
communication and science and research policy.

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