[ASC-list] (Half) Australian Science Blog: Dr Len Fisher, University of Bristol

Kali Madden office at asc.asn.au
Mon Dec 15 03:01:35 UTC 2014

Hi ASCers,

Christmas reading?

If you haven't already checked it out, take a look at the new Australian
Science Blogs web page compiled by George Aranda:


In addition, Dr Len Fisher has pointed us towards his blog today too:


More from Len about his aims below.

Do you have more science blogs you enjoy?

Please share!



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Len Fisher <Len.Fisher at bristol.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 1:12 PM

I would like to draw the attention of your members to a new free resource
now available on my website: "Mini Stories from Science", updated with a
new post each weekday (

My aim is to provide (very) short stories of how scientists think and get
their ideas (copy of extended description below).

I believe that your members will find it of interest, and hope that you
will be able to find some way of letting them know about it. RSS feed is
available, and I also notify updates on Twitter @LenFisherScienc

Extended description below.

With best wishes

Len Fisher

Dr Len Fisher, FRSN, FRSC, FRACI, C.Chem., FInstP, FLS

Visiting Research Fellow

School of Physics

University of Bristol





The most effective way of teaching and communicating science that I know is
to take students, listeners and viewers behind the scenes to share WHY
scientists ask the questions that they do and HOW they go about looking for
answers. Unfortunately, many teachers and other communicators still focus
primarily on WHAT scientists do or have done. This is like a football
commentator baldly stating that a player kicked the ball into the net,
without saying anything about the significance of the match, the effect on
the result, or even the name of the player.

One reason that the why and how are so often missing is that teachers and
communicators simply don’t know about them. It’s not their fault – this
sort of material is often only accessible to insiders, and frequently
hidden by the scientists concerned. They build beautiful conceptual
structures, but take the scaffolding away before they let anyone see the

But if science is to be a truly integral part of our culture, people need
to understand, appreciate, and be enthralled by the process, not just the
result. This is where my experience as an interdisciplinary scientist and
communicator comes in. It has enabled me to collect stories from personal
experience, biographical snippets, and anecdotal material that reflect the
real practice of science, as opposed to the laundered, trimmed and
tidied-up version that is usually taught.

I offer these stories here as an ongoing resource for teachers and
communicators to help add texture and depth to their communication. I have
no idea how it is going to turn out; all that I know is that I have to do
it. To keep up, just register for RSS feed!


Kali Madden

Executive Officer, Australian Science Communicators

& ASC Conference Director 2010, 2012, 2014

office at asc.asn.au
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