Educators and communicators top up on science

silcVeteran science presenters and former Curiosity Show  hosts Associate Professor Rob Morrison and Dr Dean Hutton rubbed shoulders with staff and students from Blackwood High at an Australian Science Communicators (ASC) activity at Flinders University on July 11.

Participants from Flinders, the Australian Science and Maths School, Science 21 and other members of the ASC network will witness a demonstration of superconductor levitation and other physics and chemistry activities in the University’s Science Innovation Learning Centre.

ASC is a nation-wide network comprising more than 400 journalists and broadcasters, freelance writers and consultants, scientists, teachers and public affairs officers working for research organisations, laboratories and universities.

Mr Brent Banham, Science Communication Officer in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Flinders, said the informal meetings aim to “top up” professional knowledge among dedicated science communicators, and to inspire and inform other science enthusiasts.

“Activities nights like these are an opportunity for science educators, researchers and communicators to swap knowledge, ideas and experience, helping ASC members in their common aim of increasing the understanding and appreciation of science across the community,” Mr Banham said.

The Post Winter Solstice ASC Celebration is hosted by Flinders University’s School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.

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