[ASC-list] Top 10 Reasons You Should Join Australian Science Communicators

JCribb jcribb at work.netspeed.com.au
Fri Nov 15 04:19:41 UTC 2013

Thanks Nancy. And one more. Maybe Number One:


To uphold the right of all humans to access to scientific knowledge.




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From: ASC-list [mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of Nancy
Sent: Friday, 15 November 2013 12:41 PM
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Subject: [ASC-list] Top 10 Reasons You Should Join Australian Science


Top 10 Reasons You Should Join Australian Science Communicators


1. Connect with a network of professionals from a wide range of science
communication related fields

2. Discover new ways to communicate science to benefit you and your audience

3. Receive the latest news on research and events from the world of science
and communication

4. Gain useful knowledge and skills from presentations, workshops and
discussion sessions

5. Learn the art and science of communication through a professional network

6. Establish professional and business contacts

7. Enjoy access to great local and international scientists and

8. Be informed of the latest developments in communication, including
technology and techniques

9. Share your work, experiences and opportunities with a network extending
through Australia and the world

10. Join a group of people passionate about communicating the importance,
relevance and excitement of science


This list of reasons to join ASC was produced when we had a very similar
discussion years ago in the WA branch. My memory (not totally reliable) is
that Brendon Cant drafted these and other members contributed. It's great to
see that currently there is strong branch and national activity in ASC. At
the time (early naughties), a small group of WA members was trying to
reinvigorate a branch that was at a low point and in danger of total
atrophy. One deeply embarassing moment for me personally was when a handful
of members turned up for a guest speaker who was invited because he was a
published science writer but had been in a rock band in the UK in a previous
life. He graciously persisted but likened presenting to the ASC-WA branch to
some of his early gigs when the band played to a pub manager and a few
hangers on. Cringe. We persevered and membership doubled over the space of a
couple of years.


The point here is: support your branch; support your national executive. Go
along to things, even if you're tired and just want to go home. It won't
happen in every instance, but you will get things out of participating.You
may not realise how important your presence is to support those volunteers
making the effort to organise things on your behalf. And you can always
decide to get more involved, help organise something or even join the local


I've used some of the tips for editing your own work suggested in recent
list discussion to check for typos, but apologies if I didn't catch them
all. ;)


Cheers, Nancy


Professor Nancy Longnecker

Science Communication

School of Animal Biology, M092

The University of Western Australia

35 Stirling Highway

Crawley, WA   6009


ph: 61 8 6488 3926

nancy.longnecker at uwa.edu.au




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