Last week Australia celebrated its 18th National Science Week, an annual celebration of science and technology with thousands of individuals – from students to scientists and chefs to musicians – taking part in more than 1000 science events across the nation.
As the particles settle on another stellar week putting science in the spotlight, we thought we’d celebrate the vital role communication plays in science helping the public receive and understand complex information.
At the c word we get the opportunity to work with a range of scientific organisations including our client veski who bring scientists and researchers to Australia, our friends at the Australian Synchrotron who shine brightly, and our most recent addition to the c word family, the Centre for Personalised Immunology.
Like any organisation, scientific organisations need to share stories of their innovative work with the public.
Communicators in these organisations help scientists share the results of their research with everyday citizens – demonstrating the importance of innovation and discovery.
A few weeks ago in our #CommsCorner we spoke to Gretta Pecl a marine biologist and science communicator. She said that the “lack of scientific knowledge isn’t our biggest barrier to making progress and taking action – it’s effectively communicating the results we do have to people, communities and governments at various levels”.
The team behind National Science Week have done a great job engaging the public with a range of interactive events, speeches and panels encouraging a large audience to have a look into the world of science.
It’s integral to have an informed public, and to keep them engaged in the science and technology issues that inevitably affect us all.
On that note, we’ll leave you with Alan Alda. Alan came to Australia for the inaugural World Science Festival in Brisbane last year, and announced a partnership with the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU.