Download your PDF Pocket Program for the onsite program for ASC2017!

The Australian Science Communicators ninth national conference ASC2017 is being held over two full days at The Science Exchange in Adelaide, Thursday 23 and Friday 24 February 2017, with an evening networking and awards event on the Thursday.

Tweets at #ASC2017 & individual session hashtags listed below against each talk or session cluster. #scicomm is always good too, we have a lot of #scicomm friends who love to tune in when the national conference comes around…

The national AGM is being held in Adelaide on the evening before the conference and we are excited that we’ll have an opportunity to see a number of member delegates in attendance from across Australia, New Zealand and maybe even some of our international members from farther afield! Networking afterwards. Send your RSVPs or proxies.

The program includes a mix of plenaries, research, case study, poster and general presentations, professional development workshops and catered networking opportunities. Confirmed presentations are on the program page here. Confirmed presenters are listed on the speakers page. There will also be a poster exhibition and trade display. We have just 2 spaces remaining for trade exhibitors.

ASC2017 is being held in Adelaide during the Adelaide Fringe Festival. The festival runs from 17 February to 19 March. Sign up to receive Fringe news and check the festival program when it becomes available here to see whether you are tempted to extend your trip.

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The Royal Institution of Australia is a major sponsor of the Australian Science Communicators Ninth National Conference, ASC2017.

Draft Schedule

The proposed timetable is outlined below but please note this is subject to change.

Auditorium sessions will be livestreamed into a breakout area in The Thinking Space for onsite delegates in Adelaide (stream D in the concurrent sessions) and also to Digital Delegates online.

Display days:

Wednesday 22 February 2017

ASC Annual General Meeting for all current members of the Australian Science Communicators, followed by networking.
Get your RSVPs and proxies in soon.
Venue: The Historian Hotel, 18 Coromandel Place, Adelaide CBD.

Thursday 23 February 2017
7:45am Registration, Exhibition and Posters Open [FutureSpace Gallery]
8:00am Welcome Tea [FutureSpace Gallery]
Welcome Address: Conference MC: Sarah LauManager for Communications and Media LiaisonDepartment of Water, Western AustraliaNational SecretaryAustralian Science Communicators [Auditorium]
Opening Plenary: Recognising and rewarding research engagement and impact Speaker: Leanne HarveyActing CEOAustralian Research Council [Auditorium]
Plenary: Science communication in a post-fact world, Producer/Chair: Lisa BaileyProgram ManagerRiAus, Australia’s Science Channel [Auditorium]
10:35am Morning Tea [FutureSpace Gallery]
11:05am Concurrent Sessions:
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1C Professional Development #T6 Limited capacity, RSVPs essential

1D Posters, trade and 1A Auditorium livestream [Thinking Space]
12:05pm Room change
Plenary: What has the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) ever done for Science and Science Communication? Producer/Chair: Joan Leach, DirectorAustralian National Centre for the Public Awareness of SciencePresident (outgoing)Australian Science Communicators [Auditorium]
1:10pm Lunch [FutureSpace Gallery]
Meeting over lunch:  Science Communication Research and Education Network (SCREN) [Boardroom]
Plenary: So why don’t they just listen to us? — changing strategies to better engage with different people. Producer/Facilitator: Craig Cormick, Creative DirectorThinkOutsideThePresident (incoming)Australian Science Communicators [Auditorium]
3:25pm Room change
3:30pm Concurrent Sessions:
2D Posters, trade and 2A Auditorium livestream [Thinking Space]
4:30pm Afternoon Tea [FutureSpace Gallery]
5:00pm Concurrent Sessions:
3D Posters, trade and 3A Auditorium livestream [Thinking Space]
The Great ASC Debate: Celebrities should promote scientific outcomes! Producer: Ian McDonaldCommunications Manager – Invasive Animals CRC / Chair: Paul WillisDirectorRoyal Institution of Australia (RiAus), Australia’s Science Channel [Auditorium]
Evening Event including presentation of the 2016 Unsung Hero of Science Communication Award [FutureSpace Gallery]
Friday 24 February 2017
07:45am Registration, Welcome Tea [FutureSpace Gallery]
8:55am Welcome to Day 2 [Auditorium]
9:05am Concurrent Sessions:
4D Posters, trade and 4A Auditorium livestream [Thinking Space]
10:05am Morning Tea [FutureSpace Gallery]
10:35am Concurrent Sessions:
5D Posters, trade and 5A Auditorium livestream [Thinking Space]
12:00pm Lunch [FutureSpace Gallery]
Lunchtime Play seeking actors, contact Toss: The Two Cultures [Auditorium]
Plenary: Seeing science museums differently, Producer:Kristin AlfordDirectorMOD. at UniSA [Auditorium]
Conference Wrap-up Interactive [Auditorium]
3:00pm Catered Happy Hour Networking and Farewells [FutureSpace Gallery]

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