Hi ASC-list

There has been a lot going on behind the scenes for the Australian Science Communicators National Conference 2014 (2-5 Feb). Thanks firstly to the many people and organisations contributing to and sponsoring the conference, from both in Australia and overseas.


We have some great featured speakers including Professor Ian Lowe (Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Griffith University), Dr Susannah Eliott (CEO at Australian Science Media Centre), Drew Berry (Biomedical Animator at Walter Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research) and Natasha Mitchell (Journalist and Broadcaster, ABC)… More here: http://2014conf.asc.asn.au/program/ 


Our draft program at a glance is online - http://2014conf.asc.asn.au/schedule/ and will be filling out with more and more details in coming weeks. We are also working with session producers to create an informative and fun hub of extra stuff.


The conference themes are: Insight, Impact, Innovation. The sessions and presentations will pick up on these themes as well as the additional sub-themes of visualising our world, science communication research and anniversaries. 


As the ASC conference provide an opportunity for people from across this vast land (and beyond) to present their research and case studies, we have a range of interesting presentations covering aspects of social and online media, education, outreach, theatre, publishing, citizen science, contentious science and communicating risk, and evaluation. We have case studies exploring sci comm in New Zealand and developing countries... and more... For the first time we will have peer-reviewed papers published in a proceedings.


For those who missed out on submitting abstracts to present, you can still submit abstracts for posters: http://2014conf.asc.asn.au/presenters/


Oh and while we're at it - fancy being a cabaret star? Or showcasing your sci-arty visualisation journey? Check out how to be part of these activities, featured throughout the conference program and at the conference dinner at the same (presenters) link above.


From past conference feedback (and those registering telling us their desires) we know that networking is a key aspect. We will have a speed networking session on Monday night as well as an end-of-conference networking session (so you can make sure you caught up with everyone you wanted to). The conference dinner on Tuesday night will feature a special dignitary speaker and the awarding of the Unsung Hero of Australian Science Communication - nominations still open!! http://www.asc.asn.au/blog/2013/10/31/unsung-hero-of-australian-science-communication-2013/ 


More social and special events? Why yes! Why not join us for a special breakfast event - brought to you with the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand – that will explore how science communication evolved in New Zealand and Australia? More information about this and other special events here: http://2014conf.asc.asn.au/schedule/special-events/ - note that tickets are limited!


Professional development is something highly valued by attendees. We know that conference go-ers in the past have wanted professional development that caters across a range of levels including beginner, intermediate, advanced levels. This is something the program committee has actively sought out. Professional development will inhabit an entire stream/room and includes: web development, storytelling, editing and more... 


There is so much more still to come... like details on sessions, workshops, social events, resources and online activity leading up to the conference.


Please stay tuned on Twitter (#ASC14) and register here: http://2014conf.asc.asn.au/register/


We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane in February!


Wondering what ASC2012 was like? Check out this vid: http://vimeo.com/44354826#at=10 


If you have any questions about the conference program please email program.committee@asc.asn.au and for registration enquiries please contact: asc2014@eventcorp.com.au.   


Kind regards,


Claire Harris

A/g President, Australian Science Communicators 

ASC2014 Conference Organising and Program Committees