I am a science communicator.
What's that? It's someone who finds ways to
explain science to other people who want to know it.
I am a science advocate.
What's that? It's someone who believes that
science knowledge and scientific thinking skills are valuable and important,
and finds ways to promote them.
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There are lots of ways I've communicated science. I have worked in radio,
in media/PR, as a liaison officer and event organiser. I've written
travelogues, speeches and newsletters, media releases and radio scripts,
and co-authored a wildflower book. I've led tours and guided walks, built
and redesigned web pages.
I've developed educational resources, presented professional
development for teachers and edited a text book. I've developed training materials and trained colleagues. I've performed in road shows
and science shows for more than ten years.
I believe that science is one of the ways in which we enrich our experience
and understanding of our world. It both enlightens us and brings us closer
to mystery, both gives us knowledge and challenges us to understand and
ethically use that knowledge. I believe that science can be told in ways that
are interesting, accurate, relevant, and useful as well as full of wonder and
amazement - and I do my best to do so.
If any of these skills interest you, or you think you could use a trained
communicator to help you present your science clearly, please contact me. I
am for hire.
Recent and current work in Melbourne
- I'm Green Technology Coordinator at CERES Environment Park in Brunswick East. This means I get to play with a lot of interesting sustainability solutions and show people how to make them work at home.
- I was science researcher for the TV show "Carbon Cops" that aired on the ABC in July 2007. The show was produced by December Films and Fremantle Media along with the ABC. I was facts and figures girl in the background, helping develop and measure the effectiveness of greenhouse gas solutions for our families. Hard work, but very rewarding.
- You may have seen me presenting public shows for families at
Scienceworks, where I've been presenting casually on and off since January 2006. I also present education shows for school groups on a range of topics there, including lightning and electromagnetism shows in the Lightning Room. In between stints of presenting I've volunteered there helping with children's activities.
- I've freelanced with Science in Public in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Projects have included helping draft releases for the Eureka Prizes, preparing background material for the Prime Minister's Science Prizes and assisting the Australian Institute of Physics with their communications strategy.
- I spent one month with the Australian Synchrotron Project as an organiser for their Users Meeting in November 2005.
Goals, directions and ideal projects
- I am still learning the environmental issues and background for the state of Victoria, and I hope to learn them well enough to continue writing and presenting environmental education experiences as I did in Western Australia.
- I would like to develop learning and immersive experiences based on systems science and systems thinking, and run them in an environment context. It's about encouraging a complex systems view of our planet rather than seeing it as a simple input-output black box.
- I'm a firm believer in life-long learning - the informal kind that you do because you love it, and would like to work more with adult learning experiences.
- I believe it's important to be aware of the world and people around us, and to be aware of ourselves, and would like to help encourage/teach/promote awareness and observation skills.
- I'd like to teach physics through tracking- there's so much scope.
- I'd like to develop and/or promote simple, cheap air quality improvers and pollution removers. Melbourne's air quality is abysmal, and I'm too fond of breathing to quit now.
- I'd like to take the notes I put together on cool science across the Nullarbor Plain and turn them into a travel activities book to take in the car.
- I'd like to join forces with youth groups to develop free science theatre performances put on for kids, by kids.
- If I could wish for anything, I'd wish for a biodiesel/solar campervan packed with science demonstration gear and show props that I could take around the Northern Territory and remote Western and South Australia and visit small towns and put on shows.
Last modified on 18 March 2008
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