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ANZAAS

Advocacy group

ANZAAS - The Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science

Founded in 1888, ANZAAS has a long history and many specialist scientific societies in Australia and New Zealand have developed from what were sections at ANZAAS Congresses.

The aims of the association are:
• to promote communication and interaction between scientists in different disciplines
• to foster public interest in science and technology, and awareness of their role in every day life
• to encourage the curiosity of children about the natural and man-made world around them.


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ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology

Science Communicator

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology is based at the University of Melbourne. The Centre's aim is to strengthen Australia's formidable position in the field of Free Radical Chemistry. It expands the frontiers of free radical chemistry and biotechnology, and develops advanced materials and technologies for building and transforming industry.

The Centre is committed to communicating its scientific discoveries to society through running educational programs and events, and writing stories.


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Australian Science Communicators

Science Communicator

The Australian Science Communicators (ASC) is the national network for professionals working in science and technology communication. The Victorian branch of ASC includes over 100 members including, freelance writers, PR consultants, scientists, journalists, teachers and communicators working for research organisations.

Victorian based activities include regular meetings with expert presentations, networking sessions and subsidised professional development opportunities. Nationally the ASC contributes to policy debates and promotes the development of professional and effective science communication. Our electronic presence includes comprehensive web site, email mail lists and social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter. A national newsletter, SCOPE, is also regularly published online.


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Australian Society for Medical Research

Advocacy group

The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) is the peak professional society representing Australian health and medical research. The Society has a long established role in public, political and scientific advocacy.

Some of the events and activities organized by the society include:
• National Lecture Tour by the ASMR Medallist
• Health and Medical Research Expos
• ‘Hands on’ workshops for schools
• Careers Days
• Professional Development Seminars
• Scientific Meetings
• Awards and Prizes
• Public Lectures
• Rural Schools Program
• Dinners featuring the ASMR Medallist in all states
• National Press Club Event
• Science in the Cinema Events
• Online schools quiz


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Australian Synchrotron

Science/Research Institution

Shine a bright light on an object and you can see it more clearly. Shine intensely bright synchrotron light and you can see objects in astonishing detail, right down to the smallest atoms! The light created at the Australian Synchrotron is about a million times brighter than the sun. This brilliant light can be used to assemble tiny machines that would fit into the eye of a needle, improve cancer detection, develop new drugs to fight malaria and make mining processes more efficient. From human cells to paintings and fossils to advanced electronic devices, the work done at the Australian Synchrotron is helping to build a brighter future for all Australians.
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CSIRO Education and Outreach, Victoria

Government agency

CSIRO is Australia’s largest research organisation and one of Australia’s largest informal science education providers. CSIRO Education’s wide range of programs reaches over a million Australians each year.

CSIRO Education aims to alert students, families and teachers to the contribution of CSIRO and other scientific research to our community and encourage students to consider careers in science, engineering and technology. CSIRO Education has extensive experience presenting hands-on activities and demonstrations for school events and community initiatives. CSIRO Education programs engage and enthuse students, teachers and the wider community about science and its many applications.


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Discovery Science and Technology Centre

Science Communicator

Discovery’s mission is to inspire scientific curiosity by promoting the wonders of science and technology in an interactive, informative and entertaining way. Everything we do is aimed at providing opportunities for our visitors to develop their scientific literacy and capability. To do this we offer a range of engaging exhibits, shows and programs geared for all ages.

Discovery is located in Bendigo and is the only regional science centre in Victoria.


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Faculty of Science at University of Melbourne

Science/Research Institution

The Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne is one of the oldest science faculties in Australia. The Faculty is one of the country’s most important scientific research institutions and prides itself on showcasing the amazing science that happens at the Uni. At the Faculty website you can read about the latest research, sign up to our Twitter site for instant updates or Search for An Expert to answer all your scientific questions.

Find out more about the Faculties achievements at Science Matters or follow us on Twitter


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Hands On Science

Science Communicator

Hands On Science provides incursions for individual grades of children which double as professional development for teachers. Learn how science can be taught in the classroom using simple materials.

Children are actively involved and learn from our 'hands on' approach which implements VELS and the five E’s. Many topics are offered which can be used for introduction or consolidation. Let our experienced staff give your grade a challenging and enjoyable science experience.


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Inspiring Australia

Advocacy group

How are we Inspiring Australia?

Public engagement with the sciences is essential to achieving an innovative society with a technologically skilled workforce, a scientifically literate community and well informed decision makers.

Now is the time to motivate and inspire Australians! The Australian Government, in collaboration with Australia’s top thinkers in science and innovation, teachers, journalists and other science communicators have developed a national strategy for engagement with the sciences: Inspiring Australia. The Inspiring Australia Strategy, released in February 2010, aims to build a strong, open relationship between science and society, underpinned by effective communication of science and its uses.

To see the goals of the strategy achieved, partnerships between science, industry, community organisations and governments throughout Australia are essential. We invite you to get involved and benefit from all that Inspiring Australia has to offer.

Inspiring Australia has hit the ground running. Since February we’ve been building partnerships and developing activities to engage Australia in the sciences. An Inspiring Australia State and Territory Officers Working Group has been established to enhance collaboration between governments. This has already resulted in the joint funding of Inspiring Australia officers in a number of states and territories, jointly funded events around Australia and the drafting of a Framework of Principles for Science Communication Initiatives.

National Science Week, now under the banner of Inspiring Australia, was a huge success in August this year with 1.6 million people participating and the prestigious Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science will continue with announcements to be made on November 17.

Two groups of experts have also been created, one looking at ways to strengthen the media’s role in communicating science, and the other establishing a system for evaluating science engagement activities. Both working groups will deliver their final reports in November.

We’re also developing a newsletter, so please contact us if you would like to subscribe: inspiring.australia@innovation.gov.au.

Our goal is to use the broad outcomes and recommendations of Inspiring Australia to drive a national, coordinated venture to communicate science and develop a scientifically engaged Australia. The federal government has promised $21 million over three years to this venture and we are looking forward to you joining the strategy.

For more information about the Inspiring Australia initiative or to get involved, please contact inspiring.australia@innovation.gov.au

Australian Science Communicators welcomes Inspiring Australia, a report which set the agenda for science communication for the nation.
- Dr Jesse Shore, President, Australian Science Communicators


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