A website for science communicators and communication researchers
Sciencengage is a national database of science engagement activities.
In 2012, a national survey captured information about more than 400 science engagement activities that have happened, or are still happening, across Australia. This was the first time such information had been collected at a national scale.
Details from those activities are published here. Managers of those activities can login and update project details. Science communicators and communication researchers can add information about new engagement activities to the database.
Science communicators can learn from sharing knowledge gained from each other’s activities. You can find out whether there are others doing similar things. You can collaborate, gain new ideas and avoid duplication. You can also see if there are gaps in science engagement that your activities could fill.
Researchers of science communication will be able to explore the data to look at any trends or changes in the way science communication is happening. Your research will help practitioners discover the most effective ways of engaging Australians in science.
Why add your project?
In Australia, we are getting better at engaging everyday people with science.
We do it on the streets. We do it in cinemas. We do it on trains, planes and buses. We do it in our national parks and we do it in our own backyards.
It is important to engage Australians with science because it plays a significant role in our personal health and wealth, and in our collective growth as a nation.
A big reason why we, science communicators and communication researchers, are getting better at engaging the public with science is that we are learning from each other about what works and what doesn't. We, ourselves, are getting better at engaging with each other.
That is why we'd love to add your science engagement project to the national database.
You can add one project or as many projects as you want.
If you already have a project listed, feel free to update the information at any time.
It is easy to add your project
To make it easy for you to record the details about your project, we have split the form into three sections: project overview, project in-depth, and project evaluation.
You can start filling in your project information today, save it, and come back and continue to complete the information at any time.
There is no rush. However, if you want to tell Australia about your great science engagement work, than of course we’d love to get it published for you as quickly as possible.
Oh, and one last thing, we strongly encourage you to add an image to your project. The World Wide Web is a visual medium, so this will help visitors find your project quicker.
Contact us if you are not sure how you can access your project information.
An Inspiring Australia initiative
Inspiring Australia provides our country with a strategic and coordinated approach to science engagement, including showcasing Australia’s multibillion-dollar investment in science and research.
It has built a national leadership network to support the delivery of its strategy. With a presence on the ground in every state and territory and across hundreds of communities, the co-ordinated efforts of Australia’s science communicators have allowed us to better engage Australians in the sciences.
The 2012 national survey in response to a 2011 report from a national Expert Working Group on Developing and Evidence Base for Science Engagement Activities. This report sought to find the best way forward to advance Recommendation 15 of the Inspiring Australia strategy:
"That the national initiative support a program of research in science engagement – such as baseline and longitudinal, attitudinal and behavioural studies, activity audits, program evaluations and impact assessments – to inform future investment decisions by government and its partners." -
An Econnect Communication, Bridge8 and Australian Science Communicators project
Jenni Metcalfe of Econnect Communication directed the national audit of Australia’s science engagement activities. Jenni worked with Kristin Alford of Bridge8 and Jesse Shore, President of the Australian Science Communicators (ASC). Staff from Econnect, Bridge8 and ASC supported the project.
Dr Nancy Longnecker from the University of Western Australia, Dr Joan Leach from The University of Queensland and Dr Rod Lamberts from the Australian National University formed an informal academic advisory group for the project.
Hosted by Australian Science Communicators
This website is hosted and maintained by the Australian Science Communicators, www.asc.asn.au
The Australian Science Communicators (ASC) is a diverse national association, which supports and represents those who make science accessible to various audiences. The ASC has more than 400 members from government, media outlets, schools, universities and the private sector.
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