[ASC-list] Shape the discussion, write for Science Rewired - 5 tickets to attend up for grabs!

Claire Harris claireharris.oz at gmail.com
Mon May 13 04:54:46 UTC 2013

As you would have seen in Rod's recent
ASC is a community partner with the Big Science Communication Summit event
in June.

This opens up exciting opportunities for our members to be involved in the
event, explore today's sci comm issues and be on-ground reporters for the
event. Tickets to attend are up for grabs and you can have a writer profile
on the Summit website.

We are now calling for ASC members to act as 'stream' ambassadors, helping
to raise awareness of the discussion, promote engagement and report on
developments at the Summit. See
http://sciencerewired.org/summit/participate/ for more of an idea of what's

While what you do is open to negotiation - we know people have different
interests - there are a couple of goals we're trying to kick here and we
are seeking very active, committed contributors.

1. Before the event: discussion and engagement about the topics. Your
mission: pick one or more of the five streams (see below) and write a piece
about the topic, which will be posted on the Summit Blog. You will work to
explore in the ASC community the issues in sci comm in Australia and drive
discussion in social media forums and possibly a live webchat.

2. At the event: promote discussion, tell the stories. Your mission: you
are an on-ground reporter, using social media to engage, gathering content
and ideas from sessions to write an article or two for the ASC website.

We are seeking current ASC members with the following skills and attributes:

   - confidence in using social media and a participatory attitude to
   channels including Twitter, Flickr, forums, Wikis, blogs, Reddit, Facebook,
   etc. Someone who will actively engage with users to promote engagement and
   moderate discussion on the Summit.
   - science-savvy enthusiast, actively engaged and interested in issues
   involved in Australian science communication. Someone who will promote
   discussion and interest in these elements to benefit the Summit attendees
   and participants.
   - able to work to deadlines and maintain a steady level of involvement
   in the run-up to the event.

The fun kicks off from the Friday the 17th May working with the Science
Rewired team so please send your expression of interest with information
about your skills and experience and your preferred stream to
jobs at asc.asn.au by Thursday 16th May. (Please note, you must be a current
ASC member to participate.)

ASC Vice President

Big Science Communication Summit program and streams:

The five streams/themes are:
*It’s a two way street:* engaging ALL Australians in the sciences.
Considering Australia’s relatively small and geographically dispersed
population, where are the significant gaps within science engagement in
Australia and how can we ensure a more equitable system of two-way
science communication
irrespective of geography, ethnicity, age or social condition? In the
future how will we communicate to and learn from under-served groups, such
as those living in outer metropolitan, regional and remote areas;
Indigenous communities; people for whom English is a second language; and
people who are disabled or have limited mobility?

*Participative science:* encouraging the best in citizen science.
How can the platforms and processes of citizen science be used to deliver
public science engagement activities across Australia? What are the most
valuable ways for science communicators, practitioners and the public to
work together?

*Beyond tweets and blogs:* leveraging the changing media landscape.
An exponential increase in the form and function of new media both
nationally and internationally has brought into stark relief the complex
relationship between science, the media and the public. How can Australian
science communicators make the most of the increased opportunities
available online? Is there a need for stronger collaboration between
scientists, artists, producers and editors to develop new ideas and push
the boundaries of traditional media content?

*Diminishing degrees of separation:* developing collaborative approaches
across sectorsWe all hold pieces of the jigsaw that makes up best practice
in science communication, and finding ways to more easily collaborate and
join our efforts provides for a sum picture greater than any of its parts.
Such collaboration needs to occur across state and territory boundaries,
between education, science, media/public relations and industry sectors and
between key national organisations such as the Academies, Science and
Technology Australia, Australian Science Communicators and CSIRO. There are
currently a number of networks including the Inspiring Australia officers
in each state and territories and nationally, and other federal, state and
territory government networks, as well as a national science communications
community that cross media, education and private enterprise.Collaboration
clearly makes a lot of sense, so what is currently preventing these and
other networks better collaborating and maximising their impacts? And do
networks make it harder for non-aligned individuals to participate?

This workshop will seek to map better ways to bring those jigsaw puzzle
pieces together to collaborate nationally, examine what can realistically
be achieved, and discuss what will indicators of success look like?

*Data at work:* developing the evidence base to guide future action. In
order to develop the most robust and effective science communication and
engagement projects it is imperative to develop a strong evidence base.
What baseline data on science communication in Australia already exists and
what vital areas are data-deficient? How should this information be shared
and publicised? And what are the ramifications for future funding and
policy decisions?
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