Scimex, a new online media portal for journalists to access breaking science news and expertise, was launched at Flinders University Victoria Square.
The website is an initiative of the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC), which was founded 10 years ago with the brief of improving the flow of information between scientists and the media to better inform public debate on major issues. Flinders University is a foundation sponsor of AusSMC.
Scimex will act as an online clearing house, bringing together the latest embargoed research news, multimedia, expert profiles, and story ideas from scientists, for journalists.
Flinders Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor David Day praised Scimex as a versatile tool that would assist university researchers in communicating their research to the wider community.
“High quality scientific research deserves the widest possible audience, and the portal offers an excellent resource for journalists who transmit science news, as well as being an effective path to public exposure for important research.”
So far, more than 1300 journalists have registered to use the website’s services, and more than 3,000 scientists have added their profiles.
With grant support from Inspiring Australia and the Myer Foundation, Scimex was developed in collaboration with the Science Media Centre New Zealand.
Around 80 journalists, communicators, scientists and media officers attended the launch. Speakers included Ms Gail Gago, SA Minister for Science and Information Economy, Mr Peter Yates, Chair of the Board of RiAus and AusSMC, and Flinders University palaeontologist Professor John Long.
Click here to watch a short video about Scimex