Tagged: science communication

Death by outline - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Jul 03, 2015

Source: Wikimedia Commons, uploaded by le L.E. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apr%C3%A8s_un_meurtre.JPG When you watch the news do the presenters first grab your attention by saying: “First we’re going to show you the top headlines in priority order. Then we’ll show you a trivial item or two, followed by the sports section, then the weather, before we wrap it … Read More

The past and future of science journalism and science communication - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jun 12, 2015

Let me alert readers to an on-line copy of Dan Fagin’s excellent keynote address at the World Conference of Science Journalists, held in Seoul, South Korea. His piece has links with many topics for science communicators, scientist-communicators and New Zealanders in general, not just science journalists – hence my offering it as recommended reading here. Read More

Al Jazeera discussion of science communication and social media - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jun 11, 2015

Tonight I stumbled upon a discussion of science communication on Al Jazeera’s The Stream program, taking in social media, science communication tactics and issues, pulling in the non-science audience (as opposed to preaching to the choir), and more. If science communication isn’t your thing, watch it anyway for the short live demonstrations! Once past the … Read More

Consider this rare beast, the scientist-communicator - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jun 10, 2015

Imagine, if you will, a research institute or group with enough ‘critical mass’ of work around a particular area of science.[1] Now imagine one[2] of the scientists within the institute being assigned a part-time role as a science communicator, with the remainder of their time doing research work within the institute. A 60:40 science and science-communication role, say. Read More

What if scientists were celebrities? - Nano Girl

Michelle Dickinson May 23, 2015

As a new columnist for Villainesse, a digital magazine for young women, I have been thinking a lot about the power of influence and who our youth look up to as role models. I remember my teenage years consisted of watching Judith Hann explain technology on Tomorrows world, and Katherine Janeway command the Starship USS […] … Read More

A new era for engaging communities with science - Guest Work

Guest Work May 18, 2015

The way we engage the public with science is poised to change. By Dr Victoria Metcalf, National Coordinator for the Participatory Science Platform in the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. I do a lot of speaking each year about science to the community, up to 20 public talks annually. These are primarily to school classes and … Read More

Keeping The Conversation going - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf May 14, 2015

Over the ditch there’s a little madness going on. The need for humans to converse with each other, to engage in conversation, is in a fashion under threat. That’s because the latest government budget announced includes a halt to the funding for the Australian media website initiative The … Read More