UWA SciComm Friday Seminar Series

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Book Club FAQ's

How often does Book Club meet?
This is only our second book club, and we originally planned to meet just once a semester, but it has proved so popular we are planning to move it to once a term, so it will be four times a year.

Where can we find the books?
The UWA Co-op Bookstore is our preferred retailer- they are very supportive and have Manthropology in stock. However, if you'd prefer not to buy we normally have a few copies floating around the group that you can arrange to borrow.

How are the meetings organised?
The meetings are very conversational; everyone is invited to discuss what they thought of the book. There is a chairperson, whose responsibility it is to maintain order, but they have an easy job since it is a friendly group. There are drinks and nibbles available throughout the meeting and time for socialising afterward.

The meeting dates are arranged by the seminar co-ordinator, but the books are chosen by the group, at the end of the previous meeting. So after we discuss Manthropology we'll decide the next book to read; it's a good idea to have some suggestions in mind.

Who can join?
Everyone is welcome! Bring a friend! It's totally free and we don't even mind if you haven't actually read the book.

Remember, the next book club is from 4-5pm on Friday the 16th of April, 2010 and we will be discussing Manthropology by Peter McAllister. See you there!

Monday, March 8, 2010


Seminars are up and running again this semester- check out the calendar for details!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Jobs on Blog 6/7/09b

Communications Officer, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
Based in either Perth or Brisbane
67-76K + super
Applications close July 20th 2009
Presenter, Scienceworks Victoria $38,235

Scienceworks, Victoria's leading interactive Science Museum, is seeking a Science Presenters. You will have a background in science, great communication and presentation skills (e.g. science shows and public presentations), as well as good organisational and administrative skills.

Marine Conservation Community Campaigner
The Wilderness Society WA Perth Salary: $45,000-$48,000pa

The primary focus of the position will be to implement the community engagement and volunteer coordination components of our campaign to better protect WA's unique marine and coastal environment.

Regional Leader, Parks & Visitor Services
Department of Environment and Conservation
Albany, Western Australia $77,679-$97,241 pa

We are seeking a motivated individual to lead and coordinate the development and delivery of services and activities related to the Department's Parks and Visitor Services' outcomes in the South Coast Region.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Perth Hot Air revisited...

Videos taken at the Perth Hot Air Symposium on communicating the science of climate change are now available for public viewing via YouTube.

Speakers include Dr Carmen Lawrence, Tim Thwaites, Jenni Metcalfe, and Dr Graeme Pearman - see full program for details.

The event, held in March this year, was organised by the Australian Science Communicators Association and was the first of a three symposia series. The next two will be held in Brisbane (August 16-21) and Canberra (October/November).

See the Australian Science Communicators website for more details on these events.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Book Club

Have text books and journals taken over your bedside table?

Then take back the power of the written word - join the Science Communication Book Club and pick up a book guilt-free!

Following the inaugural meeting last Friday it was decided that the book to read this semester is ...drumroll... The Deprat Affair by Rodger Osborne.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Jobs on Blog

Scitech, Perth, WA currently has a number of positions available. Below are two short descriptions. Please check the website: www.scitech.org.au for the position descriptions.

Science Programs Officer - Full Time
Present and coordinate science activities, programs and shows to meet Scitech's mission and educational objectives for visitors. You will be able to demonstrate excellence in: written and verbal communication, customer service, organisational ability, and presenting to groups.
Applications close 5pm Tuesday June 2.
One position requires Mon-Fri 10am-6:30pm, the other regular weekend work, so please indicate your availability/preference in your application.
Check the position description for selection criteria and other information.
Please send your CV plus a covering letter outlining your suitability and availability to Nick Wood - nick@scitech.org.au

Horizon Presenter - Casual
Commentate and communicate astronomy based shows to a wide range of audiences. You will have a tertiary science qualification or be working towards one, a passion for astronomy, plus a strong work ethic. This position is casual and you will be expected to work around 10 hours per week including weekends.
Applications close 5pm Tuesday June 2.
Check the position description for selection criteria and other information.

Please send your CV plus a covering letter to Carley Tillett - carley@scitech.org.au