From the President

Getting skills where it’s needed – the science communication conference for our times

We’ve got a hot program for the Australian Science Communicators National Conference 2012 (ASC2012) in February in Sydney. The conference is timely because communicating science with diverse audiences has never been more important or difficult. You need the right skills to get your message across, measure your effectiveness and keep pace with changing communication media.

Day 1 opens with Australia’s Chief Scientist with all five state Chief Scientists in close support; day 2 is both income motivated and forward looking with sci-comm career and business tips, and using new media; day 3 is star-studded with astronomers, including an interview with Australia’s recent Nobel Prize winner, and features dollars-and-sense topics and more of the science-art theme.

This conference will be the place to get new skills and hone existing ones, find out about science communication from around Australia, learn about new directions, network with colleagues and more. Every day has a line-up of specialists with diverse skills who will explore issues, provide training, and discuss effective ways to engage Australians with science.

The conference brings people together to generate a live buzz of interaction through the day and into the evening. The great range of evening social events includes the cocktail party on Monday and a choice of Café Scientific or a new book event on Tuesday, and an informal pre-conference gathering on the Sunday.

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I encourage you to register now. Some sessions and special events have limited numbers and will be filled by delegates who are first to express interest. Join the ASC to get the heavily discounted member’s rate and ongoing benefits. See to join.

Explore the latest science communication has to offer. Register now for the ASC conference in Sydney.

Jesse Shore
ASC National President

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