Concurrent Session 1D Speed mentoring: short shots of career tips

Want to get a load of tips from experienced people about how to build a successful career in science communication in only 60 minutes? And get practice in networking skills and interviewing techniques at the same time? Then join the speed mentoring session. In groups of three, you will move through a room filled with people who have been there and done that in diverse areas of sci-comm. In short energetic conversations you can find out the likes and dislikes of various fields, what are the jobs prospects and maybe find a match for a future ongoing mentoring relationship.

Jesse Shore (session producer and facilitator), Principal, Prismatic Sciences & ASC President

Chris Casella (mentor), Managing Director, ScienceAlert Pty Ltd

Cassandra Casey (mentor), Brand and Communications Manager , Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

Chris Krishna-Pillay (mentor), Victorian Manager, CSIRO Education

James Hutson (mentor), Manager of Digital Production, Bridge8

Karl Kruszelnicki (mentor), Julius Sumner Miller Fellow, Science Foundation for Physics, University of Sydney

Elizabeth Finkel (mentor), Science writer, journalist, Freelance correspondent

John Curran (mentor), General Manager, Communications, CSIRO

Tim Thwaites (mentor), Freelance science writer and broadcaster, Science in Public

Wilson da Silva (mentor), Editor-in-Chief, Cosmos Magazine, Luna Media Pty Ltd

Craig Cormick (mentor), Manager Enabling Technologies, Public Awareness and Community Engagement, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

Paul Willis ( mentor), Director, RiAus

Susannah Eliott  (mentor), CEO, Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC)

Bernie Hobbs (mentor), Science Broadcaster, ABC

Yen Heng (mentor), Science Communications Manager, National Measurement Institute

Adam Spencer (mentor), Radio Presenter, ABC


Concurrent Session 1C Professional Development; Seven step process for making a Communication Plan

The best ideas will be lost if people never see them.

Ideas and research results need to be communicated if they are to have impact. Not to communicate is to diminish the value of a research project. People won’t appreciate the capacity of your organisation or research because they have not heard about its work. Staff and colleagues will lack a clear sense of direction.  Poor communication causes ignorance and confusion. 

This session sets out seven practical steps to designing a communication plan, a sure-fire way to add value to any research.

Jenni Metcalfe (session leader), Director, Econnect Communication

Toss Gascoigne (session producer and leader), Director, Toss Gascoigne and Associates

Concurrent Session 1B Research and Papers (PhDs plus)

Australia is rapidly becoming a notable player in the world of science communication research and scholarship. The ASC 2012 national conference features 5, hour-long sessions in which some of our best and brightest share their research stories. Presentations are brief as the opportunity to interact with presenters and other delegates is something we feel is of great value in the conference space.

Science communication for Marine ecosystem management: what works for whom?

Deborah Cleland, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

The uptake of public benefit research outcomes – an ongoing communication

Corinna Lange, Pear Communication, Brisbane, Australia

Science communication and the lost art of listening

Will Grant, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, Canberra, Australia

Science communication e(value)ation: Perspectives on best practice

Melanie McKenzie, The University of Queensland, School of English, Media Studies and Art History and Econnect Communication, Brisbane, Australia

Searching for useful climate adaptation information

Liese Coulter (presenting author), National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), Gold Coast, Australia

Ann Penny (co-author), National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), Gold Coast, Australia

Target Audience versus actual audience an evaluation of science by email

Patrick Mahony, CSIRO Education, Campbell, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Jasmine Leong, CSIRO Education, Campbell, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Concurrent Session 1A Science exhibitions – making the most of a ‘slow media’ in a fast world

What makes a science exhibition resonate with audiences? Can science exhibitions be agents of change? How do they compliment other media? What potential and limitations do exhibitions have as a ‘slow media’ in a fast world? Communicators involved in developing science exhibitions explore these questions. We encourage the audience to drill and grill the issues to make it a lively discussion about the next generation of science exhibitions.

Pre-conference materials/links to be viewed prior to attending the session

Kate Phillips (speaker and session producer); Senior Curator, Science Communication, Museum Victoria

Andi Horvath (session facilitator); Senior Curator, Science Communication, Museum Victoria

Sandra Mc Ewen (speaker); Principal curator, Biosciences & Built Environment, Powerhouse Museum

Michael Harvey (speaker); Head of Exhibitions, Web, and Creative Services, Public Engagement Division, Australian Museum

On science & science communication in Australia: The view from Chief Scientist of Australia (Prof Ian Chubb)

In the opening plenary of the ASC2012 conference, Professor Ian Chubb, Chief Scientist of Australia, will offer his thoughts on Australian science, where it’s heading, and how he sees science communication weaving in with it. After Professor Chubb’s opening address, there will be at least 20 minutes for audience members to pose questions from the floor. The session will be moderated by Dr Rod Lamberts, Deputy Director of the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science at the ANU.

You can download the speech in PDF format here: