Dear ASC members,

Tomorrow night is the ASC national AGM!

If you wish to designate a proxy, please complete the attached form, nominating someone who will be at the meeting in person. To ensure your proxy is counted, please also send me an email notifying me of these details.

Joan Leach's nomination statement for President can be read here:

If you are attending in person, the ACT branch have organised the 'Scicom stars share highlights' event and you can register via the Eventbrite link below.

Please note that the papers will not be provided in hard copy, so we recommend bringing your own set or suitable electronic device for reference.


Australian Science Communicators’ Annual General Meeting

When: Friday 5 December 2014, 6.00pm
Where: Physics Link Building, Building 38A at ANU (Ground Floor)

Cost: free for ASC members (only currently financial ASC members are eligible to attend the AGM)


Presidential Nomination

I am pleased to announce Associate Professor Joan Leach, from the University of Queensland and current ASC President, has been nominated for the role of ASC President in 2015. 



Members unable to attend the AGM in person are able to give proxies to other members attending the meeting. This means that unless members are at the physical meeting in Canberra, you will need to designate a proxy to vote.

To designate your proxy:

  • Download and complete the proxy form, and ensure a copy of this form is with your proxy to take to the AGM (Appointment of Proxy 2014) – also attached as a PDF
    • Check one box only for the proposed Constitutional amendment
    • If you do not provide voting instructions in these sections, you authorise the proxy holder to decide how the proxy will vote
    • Notify the National Secretary, Sarah Lau ( – this must be done or the proxy and vote is not considered valid
    • Ensure that the proxy form is completed prior to 4.00pm ADST on Friday 5 December 2014

Please note that votes will remain confidential at all times. All voting instructions and proxy forms will be collected and destroyed at the conclusion of the AGM.


Agenda and further information

The agenda for the meeting is copied below. Further information, including minutes and the details of the Constitutional change, are available on the ASC website.



  1. Confirmation of members attending, apologies
  2. Notification of proxies
  3. Minutes of 2013 AGM
  4. President’s report
    1. Discussion: ASC national conferences
    2. Discussion: Branch management and national support during periods of decreased activity
  5. Treasurer’s report
    1. presentation of statement of accounts
    2. determination of annual membership fee
    3. determination of capitation to be returned to branches
    4. determination of honoraria
    5. appointment of auditor
    6. appointment of public officer
    7. discussion of part-time General Manager’s position
    8. preview of 2015 budget
  6. Election of 2015 ASC President
  7. Motion to amend the Constitution
    1. 4.3 Membership: “Membership fees will be adjusted annually in line with the Consumer Price Index”
  8. Branch matters and annual reporting
  9. Announcement of ASC Grants Program recipients
  10. Any other business



Sarah Lau []

ASC National Secretary