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The Australian Science Communicators are hosting the conference in collaboration with the World Federation of Science Journalists.


Satellite events

Monday 16 April 2007

UNESCO workshop on science journalism education and training

  • 9 am to 4.30 pm

  • State Investment centre, Level 46, 55 Collins Street

This UNESCO-sponsored workshop is being held to:

1. Discuss the training, mentoring and support needs of science journalists in developing countries

2. Review and discuss the initial results of a UNESCO project to develop a generic science journalism course for developing countries

3. Discuss current mentoring programs for developing country science journalists and future opportunities for collaboration - organisers of several of these programs will speak about their experiences

4. Share the experiences and learnings of teachers of science journalism around the world.

The workshop is open to all registered delegates. To register your interest in attending, please contact Melanie McKenzie at Econnect Communication on melanie@econnect.com.au or phone +61 (7) 3846 7111

  • Presenter: Jenni Metcalfe, Econnect Communication
  • Chair: Toss Gascoigne, Council for the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (CHASS)

Workshop coordinators: Jenni Metcalfe and Toss Gascoigne

Editing workshop

  • 2 to 3.30 pm and 4 to 5.30 pm

  • Lumina room, Grand Hyatt hotel

Session 1: Editing versus rewriting: exploring different perspectives

This session will include discussion about the fine dividing line between substantive editing and rewriting. Our panellist include an editor with a large research institute, and two freelance science editors, one of whom works mainly with authors who have English as their second language.

The discussion will cover the following topics and more: Is substantive editing/rewriting acceptable for journal articles? What should the editor do if they find serious flaws in logic/fact? Is it ethical to rewrite an author's work? What are the boundaries? How can editors develop good relationships with authors? What are issues for editing ESL authors and /or translating from another language? How can we measure how much editing really improves a manuscript?

Session 2: Science editing in Australia: panel discussion

We will explore two issues:

(a) Do we need an Australasian Science Style Guide? And if so, what it should have in it, and how can we produce it.

(b) Should we consider forming a science editors’ chapter of ASC, or even an Australasian Science Editors Association?

The workshop is open to all registered delegates. Others interested in attending just this workshop, please contact the organiser.

Presenter: Janet Salisbury, Biotext Science Information Consultants


- Linda Worland, technical editor and Principal of Oz-Brij Communication

- Kathie Stove, freelance editor and writer

- Daniel Park, science editor for Crop & Food Research

CSIRO Communicators meeting (private meeting)

  • 9.30 am to 4.00 pm
  • Kensington room, Grand Hyatt hotel

Wednesday 18 April 2007

Australian Science Media Centre board meeting (private meeting)

  • 10 am to 12.30 pm
  • Kensington room, Grand Hyatt hotel

Thursday 19 April 2007

Research Australia board meeting (private meeting)

  • 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
  • Connaught room, Grand Hyatt hotel

Friday  20 April 2007

Australian Science Communicators Open Space workshop

  • 10 am to 4 pm

  • Venue: Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

  • Tea, coffee, and lunch will be provided

The ASC are holding an "Open Space" workshop to discuss the future of science communication and the role of ASC. The event will take place after the World Conference for Science Journalists in Melbourne, and will be hosted by the ASC's, Will Rifkin.

There is no cost to attend the event, but RSVP is essential (registration will be capped at 50 participants). It is vital that we meet the needs of our diverse membership base - journalists, communicators, writers, educators, scientists, students, etc., and we're aiming to have representation from all states/territories and all levels of membership.

Will Rifkin has kindly provided the ASC with the following entertaining scenario to stimulate discussion:

A Martian takes on a mission to organise earthlings to save our planet and human society. The Martian, going by the name, Pat Lee, will join Australian Science Communicators as the obvious first step.

What can the ASC - and each of us - do for Pat to assist her/him/it/them in this mission?

Do we need to gain a higher profile for science communication in the eyes of government and industry; form better links between organisational communicators, journalists, communication researchers and educators, and other types of science communicators; involve science communicators from outside the metro centres more effectively; help to boost the numbers and effectiveness of science communicators and scientist-communicators; or what?

More specifically, how would we go about achieving these aims?

Remember, the fate of the planet - perhaps the fate of the solar system - hangs in the balance.

If you would like to attend, please email: melanie@econnect.com.au

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