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

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For a reasonably accurate rundown of my take on the 'deficit model' try


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From: ASC-list [mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of
Claire Harris
Sent: Friday, 15 November 2013 5:51 PM
To: Rob Morrison
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Subject: Re: [ASC-list] Top 10 Reasons You Should Join Australian Science


Thanks Rob

That is very true. When I talk to people about ASC and ask them why they are
involved, it generally boils down to relationships and connections with


I myself have been inspired by many ASCers over the years including Jenni
Metcalfe, Tim Thwaites, Jesse Shore, Jo Savill, Liz Yuncken, Corinna Lange,
Joan Leach, Sue Stocklmayer, David Ellyard, Helen Sim, Sarah Lau, Barbie
McKaige... the list really does go on! 


Having a connection with individuals I have met in person (even years
ago!!), but also others through the list (and wider network eg. #onsci), is
probably one of the reasons I've stayed in this line of work - if it wasn't
for the sci comm network I reckon I would have been off doing something


Sure, nothing is perfect, but it's been very worthwhile for me (clearly it
has had to be for me and many others who contribute time volunteering,
contributing to the web, Scope, list etc.!).


We've tried to capture some benefits here: http://www.asc.asn.au/membership





Claire Harris

A/g President, Australian Science Communicators 

ASC2014 Conference Organising and Program Committees

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On 15 November 2013 18:07, Rob Morrison <rob.morrison at flinders.edu.au
<mailto:rob.morrison at flinders.edu.au> > wrote:

And, since ASC has now been going for decades, perhaps one could add
mentoring of other science communicators. This has been a big factor. I
benefited greatly from advice from some when I was changing track from
academe, and I hope I have been able to help others. Given that we are such
a diverse group, and people within it change direction, sometimes
frequently,  between emerging technologies and media, we all grapple from
time to time with how to do things. In that situation, mentoring is pretty



Dr Rob Morrison
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Thanks Nancy. And one more. Maybe Number One:


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




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<mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au> ] On Behalf Of Nancy Longnecker
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

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