Just prior to the PCST3 conference in Montreal in 1994, Australian journalists, communicators, scientists and technical writers formed an association to further the cause of science communication within Australia.

The group "Australian Science Communicators" (ASC) has brought together people widely dispersed across the country and from different organisations and backgrounds. They share an interest in the public communication of science and technology, but until the formation of ASC, they were largely isolated from others with the same interests.

This paper describes the progress of ASC, in organising events such as "Science in the Pub", training workshops in science communication, meetings with the national Minister for Science, and for establishing of a large and diverse networking group.ASC was instrumental in uniting national groups interested in science communication (including the Academies of Science and the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies) to organise a new public forum to publicise and critically examine science and technology.

ASC has increased the Australian presence internationally, and was a prime mover in an Australian offer to host PCST4 in Melbourne. ASC has been able to assist in the formation of a counterpart organisation in South Africa.

Is there anything ASC cannot do?

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Developing a new national forum for science
The Australian experience

Toss Gascoigne  

Jennifer Metcalfe  

Just prior to the PCST3 conference in Montreal in 1994, Australian journalists, communicators, scientists and technical writers formed an association to further the cause of science communication within Australia.

The group "Australian Science Communicators" (ASC) has brought together people widely dispersed across the country and from different organisations and backgrounds. They share an interest in the public communication of science and technology, but until the formation of ASC, they were largely isolated from others with the same interests.

This paper describes the progress of ASC, in organising events such as "Science in the Pub", training workshops in science communication, meetings with the national Minister for Science, and for establishing of a large and diverse networking group.ASC was instrumental in uniting national groups interested in science communication (including the Academies of Science and the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies) to organise a new public forum to publicise and critically examine science and technology.

ASC has increased the Australian presence internationally, and was a prime mover in an Australian offer to host PCST4 in Melbourne. ASC has been able to assist in the formation of a counterpart organisation in South Africa.

Is there anything ASC cannot do?

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