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Introduction to Science Communication

The Intro to SciComm event will be held at the Pawsey Supercomputing Facility on Monday, 17 June.

The event

The cream of Australia’s science communicators are coming to Perth for a conference, and this is your chance to meet them and pick their brains.

If you are an early to mid career researcher or simply someone who hasn't had the opportunity to engage much in communicating your science, and would like to know more about how to get your science out there, then join us for a day of discussions, mixing with scicomm professionals from around the country, skilled in media, policy, graphics, presenting, displays, digital communication, and more.

This is not a science communication course: it’s a day about understanding and building partnerships with professionals - learning how the industry works, what you can expect and how you can make the most of the resources around you, without re-inventing any wheels.

And you will walk away with some insights about communicating, perhaps a pitch, or a new technique; and we’ll have some journalists joining us so you can hone some of your new skills in a mock interview.


Then, join the wider SciComm community at the Phat Brew Club, that evening, to discuss the finer points!

Strictly limited to 60 participants, get in quick to secure your spot.

Training course
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Who's it for?

This event is aimed at researchers in science who have an interest in getting a taste for science communication and potentially developing their skills to better support their career.

Held in Perth, this one day intensive event will share with participants the fundamentals of science communication, media engagement and presentation. Whether it's for a national TV, local radio slot, a conference presentation or even talking to your family over dinner, this day will build participants' confidence and help them be understood.

Prices for non-members include 1 year of associate-level membership with the ASC.

Basic catering and wifi provided (eduroam available as well).

Book now

This is a rare opportunity with tickets being heavily subsidised by the ASC presenters and coordinators.

Member price: $60.00

Non-member price: $136

(includes 1 year of associate-level membership with the ASC)

Conference attendee: $0

(should we sell out, conference attendees will be asked to give their ticket up for non-members)

This uses a Google form to request an invoice. We know that some Government departments block these forms. If you have any issues requesting a ticket, please email us.

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Who's going to be sharing knowledge?

Social media - Dr Tom Carruthers: an amazingly successful campaign with the Australian Academy of Science launched Tom into a career as a private consultant. He is the ASC President, based in Canberra.

Pitching and Media - Niall Byrne: Director of Melbourne-based Science in Public, Niall and the team have worked on National award nights, international announcements and research stories of all genres.

Talking to the public - A/Prof Jen Martin: The driving force behind UniMelb’s science communication training for academics, and also host of the long running radio show Let’s Talk SciComm.

Visual Communication and Design - Dr Kate Patterson: Medical researcher turned animator and designer - with some science writing along the way. Based in Sydney, Kate helps scientists turn the most complex words into beautiful pictures.

Introduction to sci comm - A/Prof Heather Bray: the coordinator of the science communication masters at the University of Western Australia, Heather has over two decades of experience in practice, scholarship and teaching sci comm.

Using your body and voice - Ali McGregor: ​A performer and workshop facilitator based in Canberra, Ali has for over 15 years been a part of the Questacon team delivering science shows and inquiry-based workshops all over Australia.

MC, Introduction to Sci Comm - Dr Phil Dooley: Comms manager at ANU Physics by day, freelance writer, video maker, trainer, fringe show and pub night host by night.

and more...

Workshop program


Workshop attendees

Arrive and grab a coffee


Dr Phil Dooley

Welcome & introduction to the day


A/Prof Heather Bray & Dr Phil Dooley

What is sci com and how do you use it?


A/Prof Jen Martin, Niall Byrne, Dr Phil Dooley, & more

Understanding audiences and their values



Morning tea & activity


Dr Kate Patterson

Working with visuals


Dr Tom Carruthers

Having a social media presence


Dr Tom Carruthers

Presentation hacks and tactics



Lunch & activity


Rachel Vorwerk

Case study: having a science communicator in your CRC


Rocky McGellin

An introduction to the local ASC Chapter


Ali McGregor

Using your voice and body

14:40 - 17:30

Try it yourself

- Journalist interviews

- Polish your pitch

- Briefing for visuals

- Social tips

- Presentation feedback

- Creative ideas


Workshop attendees, conference delegates, and the public at Phat Brew Club

Practice your presentation by engaging the public in your science.

About the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre

The Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre is at 1 Bryce Av, Kensington, 6166. Driving directions to Pawsey Supercomputing Centre via Google Maps here.

There is free parking in front of the building, and also an overflow car park behind the CSIRO ARCC building, please see the map.

We acknowledge the support from Pawsey and its leadership who are supporting this event by providing access to the site. Find out more about the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre.


The experience

Key detail

  • Arrive onsite by 09:00 for a cuppa and registration​

  • Dress: come comfortable to move around and talk with people. You will be talking and getting involved with workshop activities

  • The casual dinner event (self-funded) will be held at the Phat Brew Club in West Perth. We ask that you car pool to transport over there for 18:30, where you'll get to meet many more of the ASC Conference delegates who have arrived in Perth.

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