The Australian Science Communicators (ASC) supports and represents those who make science accessible.
ASC is a diverse national association, with around 500 members including journalists, writers, entertainers, students and other communicators who engage Australians (and people overseas) with science, technology and innovation. The ASC has been running since 1994.
Our members enable access to science and technology through a range of formats and activities, from publications and media, to educational, fun events to performing arts. We are drawn together by a desire to improve our skills, exchange ideas and collaborate, and in general to advance the profession of science communication.
Key aims of ASC include supporting and representing our members; running a national conference every two years; promoting the importance of science communication to science, government, communication agencies; and working on key national and international projects.
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About ASC conferences
Every two years the ASC runs a national conference. Conferences are the premier networking, professional development and interactive events for science communicators.
ASC2014 will be in Brisbane from 2-5 Febuary 2014. Conference Convenor: Claire Harris. Conference Director: Kali Madden. The program committee is: Kali Madden, Jesse Shore, Claire Harris, Nancy Longnecker.
ASC2012 was held in Sydney in February 2012. Conference Convenor: Rod Lamberts. Conference Director: Kali Madden. The conference planning committee. With the Theme: Getting science where it’s needed, ASC2012 featured:
- Prof Ian Chubb AO, Chief Scientist of Australia
- All state and territory Chief Scientists
- Professional development sessions on communication planning, writing for the media, and playing the consultancy game
- Science communication research stories from the academy and beyond
- A serious look at the evolving and maturing face of social media and science communication
- Science, politics, and some insight from the world of science lobbyists.
ASC2010 was held in Canberra in February 2010. Conference Convenor: Tim Thwaites. Conference Director: Kali Madden.
- Then Minister for Science, Hon Kim Carr launched the Inspiring Australia Report as well as opened ASC2010
- 3 days of stimulating, relevant and varied sessions attended by over 275 people
- Monday: National science communication strategy, good/bad science, research, professional development workshops
- Tuesday: Hot Air Symposium, communicating complex issues, research, professional development workshops
- Wednesday: art and science, new ways of communicating science, research, professional development workshops.
In April 2007, the Australian Science Communicators hosted the 5th World Conference of Science Journalists in collaboration with the World Federation of Science Journalists. Conference Director: Niall Byrne. Executive Officer: Sarah Brooker. More information about this event.