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

Claire Harris claireharris.oz at gmail.com
Thu Sep 20 23:11:29 UTC 2012

A reminder for people in Canberra about the event on Monday night. Please
register asap for catering purposes.

> ASC Canberra committee invites you to attend *Science Communicators:
> where would science be without them?*
> http://www.asc.asn.au/blog/2012/09/10/act-scicommwhere/
> 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
>  (Directions<http://www.csiro.au/en/Portals/Education/Programs/Discovery-Centre/Discovery-Centre-Map.aspx>
> )
> *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
> Observer.
> [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.
> *ASC Canberra Committee*
> Our ASC profile: http://www.asc.asn.au/state-and-national/act/
> Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASC.Canberra
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