[ASC-list] Today at 3pm AEDT online: meet David Wansbrough, government science and risk communication (Aus. & NZ), primary industries, social license and trust.

Kali Madden office at asc.asn.au
Thu Nov 24 02:12:09 UTC 2016

Dear ASC-List,

Today's member guest is one of the earlier graduates from the Science
Circus programme (1993) and is a founding member of ASC from 1994. He set
up the first ASC email group and web page in 1995!

Science communication has featured strongly throughout David's career in
government both in Australia and New Zealand. He has worked on labeling of
genetically modified food, a Royal Commission on Genetic Modification,
biosecurity, animal welfare and now climate change. David was manager of
New Zealand's immunisation programme for more than 3 years, including
through the H1N1 pandemic in 2009-2010. He says that the interface between
science, policy, and the public is a rich and interesting space where there
is plenty of opportunity for better communication!

He's learned that trust is one of the most important themes in science and
risk communication, yet it's poorly understood and even more poorly used.
Building trust and confidence helped lift New Zealand's immunisation rates
from under 80% to over 90% and reduced the number of parents choosing not
to immunise. His current challenge is to help shift New Zealand's primary
industries to be more sustainable, and a big part of that is to help them
rebuild their social license to operate (ie public trust and confidence).

This week he is helping organise recovery after the big earthquakes in the
South Island while avoiding gales, floods, aftershocks and broken buildings
in Wellington.

Join us online today to meet David!

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Kali Madden

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& ASC Conference Director 2010, 12, 14, 16 and 17.





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Executive Officer, Conference Director, Australian Science Communicators
The national forum for science communicators and science journalists.

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