Book online communication PD; nominate for a prize; science news & events


Dear ASCers,

Support your researchers with professional development and book a communication forum, workshop or masterclass. All are delivered online and are suitable for early-career through to leadership. Read below for a taster or view the full menu online.
A few places are still available for the Media and communication masterclass next week Tues/Wed 26/27 May. Meet journalists, ask questions, and practice being interviewed. Get help with key messages, tricky questions and learn how to stay out of trouble. Book now.
Want to run training and PD in-house? Give us a call and we can customise a session to suit you.
What works for women in STEM? A new guide to evaluating STEM gender equity programs has been released by Australia’s Women in STEM Ambassador, Lisa Harvey-Smith and her team.
Get help writing or editing your nominations for science prizes. The Eurekas are closed but this week the following science prizes and awards are open:

  • Two $50K Victoria Prizes, plus Victoria Fellowships
  • $90K prize pool for WA Premier’s Science Awards
  • $25K prize pool for CSL Next Generation Florey Award for top health or medical PhD students
  • Engineer of the Year Awards
  • Closing soon: some Australian Academy of Science  awards and fellowships, John Maddox Prize, SA Unsung Hero Awards, ABC Top 5, and NSW Premier’s Prizes. More below.

Could you balance providing independent advice to the Prime Minister, international advocacy, and public promotion of science? If you can, then the PM needs you for Australia’s next chief scientist. Alan Finkel’s term finishes at the end of the year.
How will your research career be affected by the pandemic? the Rapid Research Information Forum has a new report - Impact of the pandemic on Australia’s research workforce.
Women’s rights and fundamentalism; and ‘The Trumpocalypse’: two big speakers coming up thanks to Think Inc.
Kind regards,



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PD/communication training for scientists

Give your researchers a head-start. Book some online professional development in communication and media and we will bring the experts to you.

Learn how to present complex ideas simply, be it to the public, industry, government, patient groups, or internal audiences.

Courses are suitable for 1 to 100 participants and from early career to leadership. Currently delivered online via Zoom/teams or your preferred platform.

Full menu is online. Topics include:

  • Meet the media
  • Talking to stakeholders
  • Should you be on social?
  • Make your pitch/presentation
  • Develop your online profile; and 
  • One-on-one training.


Last places: Media and communication training masterclass

Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 May, 9 to 1pm, $800 pp +GST

Meet journalists from television, radio and newspaper and talk to them about your research. Ask them questions and practice being interviewed by them with feedback provided. Interviews are done one-on-one in break-out rooms on Zoom.

The masterclass will also cover key messages, tricky questions, media releases, social media and how to build your profile.
Bonus! Class size has been reduced to ensure you get individual support as it is delivered online via Zoom.

Reserve your place. 



What is working for women in STEM?

There are over 300 STEM gender equity programs in Australia, but we know little about whether these programs are effective because few are evaluated.

The newly developed Evaluating STEM Gender Equity Programsa guide to effective program evaluation is intended to make evaluation easier for those designing and delivering STEM gender equity programs. Many of the principles and tools can be adapted for evaluating broader science engagement initiatives.

The Guide is a key initiative under the Australian Governments’ Advancing Women in STEM 2020 Action Plan and is currently in a pilot phase.

The team will be asking the owners of STEM gender equity programs to use the Guide and provide feedback for further refinement throughout 2020.

Read the media release about the Guide.
Download the guide at



Science prizes/awards/scholarships and a residency

Need help writing or editing prize nominations? Not sure how the process works or where to put the effort? We can help. Here is our round-up of prizes closing over the next few weeks.

Closing soon

WA Premier’s Science Awards - $90K prize pool
The Premier's Science Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding scientific research and engagement taking place in the State.
In 2020 the five categories are:

  • Scientist of the Year ($50,000 prize)
  • Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize)
  • ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize)
  • Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year ($10,000 prize)
  • Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year ($10,000 prize)

Nominations extended until 10am (AWST) Wednesday 27 May 2020.



CSL Next Generation Florey Award for top health or medical PhD student

The CSL Next Generation Award Florey is now open for applications.
To nominate, you must be a current PhD candidate who has demonstrated outstanding capability, creativity and potential in the biomedical sciences and/or health and medical research.
It’s open to open to anyone undertaking a doctoral research degree at an Australian institution and there is no restriction on citizenship.
The CSL Florey Next Generation Award is an initiative of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science. It awards a $20,000 prize, and two runner-up prizes of $2,500 each, thanks to the generosity of CSL Limited.
Applications close on 5 June. More information:

Engineer of the Year Awards

Do you know an engineer solving problems, innovating, and having an impact? Nominate them for one of Engineers Australia’s annual awards.
The Engineer of the Year Awards recognises outstanding engineers who show innovation and resourcefulness in their work in categories:

  • Professional Engineer of the Year
  • Engineering Technologist of the Year
  • Engineering Associate of the Year
  • Young Professional Engineer of the Year
  • Young Engineering Technologist of the Year
  • Young Engineering Associate of the Year

Note that this a nominator-driven program. Self-nominations will not be accepted so put up the engineers you think deserve recognition.
Nominations close 7 June. More information:


Victoria Prizes for Science & Innovation, plus 12 Victoria Fellowships



The Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation celebrates leadership, determination and creativity, highlighting the many ways in which research and development of international significance are conducted in Victoria. Two $50,000 prizes are awarded each year: one for scientists working in life sciences, the other for those working in physical sciences.
The prizes are for a scientific discovery or technological innovation, or a series of such achievements that significantly advances knowledge. The clear potential to produce a commercial outcome or other substantial benefit to the community will be highly regarded.
Nominations close 15 June. More information:
The Victoria Fellowships provide funding support for early-career scientists, engineers and innovators to undertake overseas study tours.
Up to twelve grants are available valued at up to $18,000 tax-free each for short-term overseas study missions (six for physical sciences, six for life sciences) to assist in developing a commercial idea, undertaking specialist training, or career development not available in Australia.
Applications close 15 June. More information:

Australian of the Year

We never tire of seeing scientists, engineers and medical research pioneers win Australian of the Year awards in different categories. And the ‘Black Summer’ bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic has shown science saving lives in high relief.
So, if you know a senior, a young Australia, a local hero, or general legend deserving of recognition, nominate them. Nominations close 31 July 2020 for the 2021 Australian of the Year Awards.






Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam with Yasmine Mohammed – 31 May

Founder of Free Hearts Free Minds, Yasmine Mohammed shows audiences how to advocate for the rights of women living within Islamic majority countries and those struggling under religious fundamentalism – without that making you a bigot.
Sunday 31 May 12pm AEST

Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy with David Frum – 14 June

Trump’s brand of democracy will leave a lasting impact on global politics, so how do we bring the US, and the free world, back from the brink?
David Frum, a staunch republican, political commentator and speechwriter for President George W. Bush is here to go beyond the trite conflicts of Republicans and Democrats, showing us how everyday people are the key to truly making America great again.
Sunday 14 June 12 pm AEST



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