Tuesday 4th Feb, 11:00 am
The community wants to hear more science, learn more science and do more science. ScienceNetwork WA (SNWA) has used its capabilities to promote science at a very local level and across the globe through regional community science engagement. In line with Inspiring Australia recommendation 13, “National Framework, Local Action”, SNWA’s online presentation of WA regional science, through local journalists and engaging regional community science groups has ensured science is being communicated from the ground up, while promoting its discussion and renewed focus within communities. We present the eight non-metropolitan areas of WA with locally specific science events, recounts of science activities on community pages and science information links in addition to our presentation of science news; covering a diverse range of topics from agriculture, environment, industry, social science and innovation.
Success in collaborating with regional newspaper editors to republish SNWA news stories in print has further encouraged science dialogue, while illustrating our ability to spark change in media processes. We recognise in remote and regional areas, community papers are widely read and central to the information sharing system. Delivery of science news and activity through both online and print avenues is working to compound science values in these communities and beyond.