Marc West

Maritime Capability Analysis
Defence Science and Technology Group, Joint and Operations Analysis Division


Communicating Science in a [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED] environment: A case study of science communication at Defence Science and Technology Group
Case studies and presentations

Thursday 23 February



Marc WestMarc West has a B Sc (Hons.) in Chemistry from the University of Sydney, a Masters in Operations Research and Statistics from ADFA, a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication from ANU and a Graduate Certificate in Scientific Leadership from the University of Melbourne. His work at DST Group is largely in modelling and simulation, providing advice to the Navy on tactics and requirements.

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How does this session contribute to Seeing Science Differently?
Communicating science in an Australian Defence context is a new topic for discussion for ASC and DST Group is often overlooked in the national publicly funded research organisation landscape. We believe the ASC community would find interest in, and benefit from, knowledge of some of the challenges and pitfalls of communicating science in this unique environment that is often hindered by policy and security restrictions, as well as a traditionally conservative approach to communications. Science is seen (and communicated) differently in Defence, sometimes with conflicting drivers and goals to other kinds of publicly-funded research.