6th June – Day One

Time Session
8.30am REGISTRATION
Grab your event badge, a coffee and relax with other participants before the Summit starts.


8.45am SESSION 1: Speed Meeting for Science
Here’s your chance to participate in some highly focused science communication networking! Come along to share a pertinent science communication message or to just meet with the other attendees to discover the wide variety of backgrounds.


9.30am WELCOME TO THE SUMMIT Livestream commences | Register to watch
Find out just what you will be doing over the 2 days and why it is important for science in Australia.

Derek Muller
Dr Derek Muller
Creative Director of Veritasium


9.45am SESSION 2: An Inspiring Australia Story
Hear about the role Inspiring Australia is playing in facilitating a brighter future for science communication and discover how Inspiring Australia Strategy is providing clear strategy and leadership for science communication relevant to your own work.

Anna-Maria Arabia
Anna-Maria Arabia
General Manager, Questacon


10.00am SESSION 3: Future Sign Posts: Milestones on the road to 2050
Where is science communication in Australia headed and how do we propose to get there? In this session we will look at some proposed milestones for the future and the crowd-sourced issues and challenges we will need to overcome along the way.

Kristin Alford
Kristin Alford
Founder, Bridge8

Dr Will Grant
Dr Will Grant
Vice President, Australian Science Communicators

Australian Science Communicators


10.30am MORNING BREAK


11.00am SESSION 4: So You Think You Can Spin?
Industry speakers will share their experiences in communicating a complex area of science in an open forum.

Craig Reucassel
Craig Reucassel (Chair)
The Chaser, ABC

Dr Matt Cahill
Dr Matt Cahill
Dow AgroSciences’ Research and Development Leader Australia/New Zealand

Sally-Ann Williams
Sally-Ann Williams
Engineering Community & Outreach Program Manager, Google

Professor Lincoln Wood
Professor Lincoln Wood
Northern Advanced Manufacturing Industry Group Inc


11.45m Stream Overview
Introducing the what, why, where and how of the Summit’s workshops.


12.00pm WORKSHOP 1: Turning Challenges Into Opportunities
Time to roll up your sleeves. Participants work in their chosen workshop themes to validate the crowd-sourced impediments and begin uncovering solutions to science communication’s major obstacles.
STREAM ONE
It’s a two way street: engaging ALL Australians in the sciences.

Considering Australia’s relatively small and geographically dispersed population, where are the significant gaps within science engagement in Australia and how can we ensure a more equitable system of two-way science communication irrespective of geography, ethnicity, age or social condition? In the future how will we communicate to and learn from under-served groups, such as those living in outer metropolitan, regional and remote areas; Indigenous communities; people for whom English is a second language; and people who are disabled or have limited mobility?

Jenni Metcalfe
Stream Moderator: Jenni Metcalfe
Director of Econnect Communication

Dr Bruce Walker
Brains Trust: Dr Bruce Walker
CEO of the Centre of Appropriate Technology

Dr Jen Skattebol
Brains Trust: Dr Jen Skattebol
Research Fellow Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW

Participate online
Contribute to the workshop


STREAM TWO
Participative science: encouraging the best in citizen science.

How can the platforms and processes of citizen science be used to deliver public science engagement activities across Australia? What are the most valuable ways for science communicators, practitioners and the public to work together?

Dr Will Grant
Stream Moderator: Dr Will Grant
Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science

Dr John La Salle
Brains Trust: Dr John La Salle
Director of the Atlas of Living Australia

Peta Ashworth
Brains Trust: Peta Ashworth
Leader, Science into Society Group CSIRO

Participate online
Contribute to the workshop


STREAM THREE
Beyond tweets and blogs: leveraging the changing media landscape.

An exponential increase in the form and function of new media both nationally and internationally has brought into stark relief the complex relationship between science, the media and the public. How can Australian science communicators make the most of the increased opportunities available online? Is there a need for stronger collaboration between scientists, artists, producers and editors to develop new ideas and push the boundaries of traditional media content?

Deborah Smith
Stream Moderator: Deborah Smith
Faculty Journalist, UNSW Science

Sarah Terkes
Co-moderator: Sarah Terkes
Digital Marketing Coordinator, Faculty of Science, UNSW

Dr Susannah Elliot
Brains Trust: Dr Susannah Eliott
CEO, Australian Science Media Centre

Carol Saab
Brains Trust: Carol Saab
Communication Manager, CSIRO Video & Social Media

Participate online
Contribute to the workshop


STREAM FOUR
Diminishing degrees of separation: developing collaborative approaches across sectors.

We all hold pieces of the jigsaw that makes up best practice in science communication, and finding ways to more easily collaborate and join our efforts provides for a sum picture greater than any of its parts. Such collaboration needs to occur across state and territory boundaries, between education, science, media/public relations and industry sectors and between key national organisations such as the Academies, Science and Technology Australia, Australian Science Communicators and CSIRO. There are currently a number of networks including the Inspiring Australia officers in each state and territories and nationally, and other federal, state and territory government networks, as well as a national science communications community that cross media, education and private enterprise. Collaboration clearly makes a lot of sense, so what is currently preventing these and other networks better collaborating and maximising their impacts? And do networks make it harder for non-aligned individuals to participate?

This workshop will seek to map better ways to bring those jigsaw puzzle pieces together to collaborate nationally, examine what can realistically be achieved, and discuss what will indicators of success look like?

Dr Craig Cormick
Stream Moderator: Dr Craig Cormick
Corporate Communications, CSIRO

Anna-Maria Arabia
Brains Trust: Anna-Maria Arabia
General Manager, Questacon

Leo Hyde
Brains Trust: Leo Hyde
R&D Manager Australia & ASEAN, DuPont

Participate online
Contribute to the workshop


STREAM FIVE
Data at work: developing the evidence base to guide future action.

In order to conduct robust, effective and meaningful science engagement in Australia, a solid evidence base is critical. Over recent months a number of reports have been released as a result of IA-supported initiatives, and the science engagement evidence base they present has been developed.

So where to now?

Now that we have an evidence base in development, how do we use the data? How should this information be shared, and with whom? How will it be kept up-to-date? Are any vital areas still unexplored? Have we even gathered the right data at all?

What are the ramifications for future funding and policy decisions? Where do we want to be in five years’ time? What should be our goals? A consistent measure for science engagement activities and a national picture of Australian’s attitudes towards science? Something else?

Professor Leonie Rennie
Stream Moderator: Robert Thomas
Project Manager for Enabling Technologies, DIICCSRTE

Professor Léonie Rennie
Brains Trust: Professor Léonie Rennie
Science & Mathematics Education Centre, Curtin University

Oona Nielssen
Brains Trust: Oona Nielssen
General manager, Communication, CSIRO

Participate online
Contribute to the workshop

1.30pm LUNCH
Looking to expand your network into new and exciting areas? Like to follow up on the conversations from the Speed Meeting session? Well this is the perfect time to connect on the topics most important to you and broaden your sci-com circles!
2.30pm WORKSHOP 2: Turning Challenges Into Opportunities
Time to roll up your sleeves again. Participants now choose a second workshop theme to participate in.
STREAM ONE
It’s a two way street: engaging ALL Australians in the sciences.

Considering Australia’s relatively small and geographically dispersed population, where are the significant gaps within science engagement in Australia and how can we ensure a more equitable system of two-way science communication irrespective of geography, ethnicity, age or social condition? In the future how will we communicate to and learn from under-served groups, such as those living in outer metropolitan, regional and remote areas; Indigenous communities; people for whom English is a second language; and people who are disabled or have limited mobility?

Jenni Metcalfe
Stream Moderator: Jenni Metcalfe
Director of Econnect Communication

Dr Bruce Walker
Brains Trust: Dr Bruce Walker
CEO of the Centre of Appropriate Technology

Dr Jen Skattebol
Brains Trust: Dr Jen Skattebol
Research Fellow Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW

Participate online
Contribute to the workshop


STREAM TWO
Participative science: encouraging the best in citizen science.

How can the platforms and processes of citizen science be used to deliver public science engagement activities across Australia? What are the most valuable ways for science communicators, practitioners and the public to work together?

Dr Will Grant
Stream Moderator: Dr Will Grant
Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science

Dr John La Salle
Brains Trust: Dr John La Salle
Director of the Atlas of Living Australia

Peta Ashworth
Brains Trust: Peta Ashworth
Leader, Science into Society Group CSIRO

Participate online
Contribute to the workshop


STREAM THREE
Beyond tweets and blogs: leveraging the changing media landscape.

An exponential increase in the form and function of new media both nationally and internationally has brought into stark relief the complex relationship between science, the media and the public. How can Australian science communicators make the most of the increased opportunities available online? Is there a need for stronger collaboration between scientists, artists, producers and editors to develop new ideas and push the boundaries of traditional media content?

Deborah Smith
Stream Moderator: Deborah Smith
Faculty Journalist, UNSW Science

Sarah Terkes
Co-moderator: Sarah Terkes
Digital Marketing Coordinator, Faculty of Science, UNSW

Dr Susannah Elliot
Brains Trust: Dr Susannah Eliott
CEO, Australian Science Media Centre

Carol Saab
Brains Trust: Carol Saab
Communication Manager, CSIRO Video & Social Media

Participate online
Contribute to the workshop


STREAM FOUR
Diminishing degrees of separation: developing collaborative approaches across sectors.

We all hold pieces of the jigsaw that makes up best practice in science communication, and finding ways to more easily collaborate and join our efforts provides for a sum picture greater than any of its parts. Such collaboration needs to occur across state and territory boundaries, between education, science, media/public relations and industry sectors and between key national organisations such as the Academies, Science and Technology Australia, Australian Science Communicators and CSIRO. There are currently a number of networks including the Inspiring Australia officers in each state and territories and nationally, and other federal, state and territory government networks, as well as a national science communications community that cross media, education and private enterprise. Collaboration clearly makes a lot of sense, so what is currently preventing these and other networks better collaborating and maximising their impacts? And do networks make it harder for non-aligned individuals to participate?

This workshop will seek to map better ways to bring those jigsaw puzzle pieces together to collaborate nationally, examine what can realistically be achieved, and discuss what will indicators of success look like?

Dr Craig Cormick
Stream moderator: Dr Craig Cormick
Corporate Communications, CSIRO

Anna-Maria Arabia
Brains Trust: Anna-Maria Arabia
General Manager, Questacon

Leo Hyde
Brains Trust: Leo Hyde
R&D Manager Australia & ASEAN, DuPont

Participate online
Contribute to the workshop


STREAM FIVE
Data at work: developing the evidence base to guide future action.

In order to conduct robust, effective and meaningful science engagement in Australia, a solid evidence base is critical. Over recent months a number of reports have been released as a result of IA-supported initiatives, and the science engagement evidence base they present has been developed.

So where to now?

Now that we have an evidence base in development, how do we use the data? How should this information be shared, and with whom? How will it be kept up-to-date? Are any vital areas still unexplored? Have we even gathered the right data at all?

What are the ramifications for future funding and policy decisions? Where do we want to be in five years’ time? What should be our goals? A consistent measure for science engagement activities and a national picture of Australian’s attitudes towards science? Something else?

Professor Leonie Rennie
Stream Moderator: Robert Thomas
Project Manager for Enabling Technologies, DIICCSRTE

Professor Léonie Rennie
Brains Trust: Professor Léonie Rennie
Science & Mathematics Education Centre, Curtin University

Oona Nielssen
Brains Trust: Oona Nielssen
General manager, Communication, CSIRO

Participate online
Contribute to the workshop

4.00pm AFTERNOON TEA


4.30pm SESSION 5: Knowledge (Sharing) is Power
Our crowd sourced speakers sharing a single key lesson learnt from communicating science in Australia whether a glorious success or spectacular failure. Each one has 10 minutes to convey their learnings from a science communication project.

Carly Siebentritt
Carly Siebentritt, CSIRO Education
Evaluating engagement: an Australian case study

Michelle Cooper
Michelle Cooper, Zoos Victoria
How to Love a Baw Baw Frog

Alvin Stone
Alvin Stone, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science
Fear and loathing in climate science


5.00pm SESSION 6: Mapping Exercise Part One – Presentations
One expert and a participant from each workshop theme will briefly run through the key impediments and solutions produced by their team.


6.00pm SPECIAL EVENT
After a day of overcoming obstacles it’s time to relax and enjoy a special event with drinks.

Tim Jarvis
Tim Jarvis
Environmental scientist, public speaker and explorer


7.00pm END OF DAY ONE

 


7th June – Day Two

Time Session
8.00am BREAKFAST COFFEE
Coffee with a light breakfast will be available.

8.30am WELCOME TO DAY TWO OF THE SUMMIT
A warm welcome back to day two from our host Dr Derek Muller.

SESSION 1: UNSW Breakfast Panel
Scientists doing it for themselves
Join 5 UNSW academics as they share their experiences of and insights into communicating science to the public.

Livestream commences | Register to watch

Rob Brander
Rob Brander
Coastal geomorphologist + senior lecturer, UNSW

Rob Brooks
Rob Brooks
Professor of evolutionary biology + Director of the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre, UNSW

Chris Tisdell
Chris Tisdell
Mathematician, UNSW

Emma Johnston
Emma Johnston
Director, Sydney Harbour Research Program at the Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences

Tracey Rogers
Tracey Rogers
Predators Lab, Evolution & Ecology Research Centre at UNSW

Breakfast sponsored by
UNSW logo

9.30am SESSION 2: Come Walk a Mile in My Sci-Com Shoes
Using a hypothetical format – representatives of organisations from the science sector will take part in an exercise to show how they would individually and then collectively, respond to a major national science communication issue.

Derek Muller
Dr Derek Muller (Chair)
Creative Director of Veritasium

Catriona Jackson
Catriona Jackson
CEO, Science & Technology Australia Office

Dr Will Grant
Dr Will Grant
Vice President, Australian Science Communicators

Dr Susannah Elliot
Dr Susannah Eliott
CEO, Australian Science Media Centre

Dr Paul Willis
Dr Paul Willis
Director, Royal Institution of Australia

Kylie Walker
Kylie Walker
Director Communications and Outreach, Academy of Australian Science


11.00am MORNING TEA BREAK


11.30am SESSION 3: Reality Bites
Workshop results are in and the solutions have been proposed, but how do they stack up in reality? An interactive session with leaders from federal and state governments and from leading non-government organisations and peak bodies will assess these solutions in a public panel with the aim of ground-truthing the solutions.

Patricia Kelly
Patricia Kelly (Chair)
Deputy Secretary, DIISRTE

Catriona Jackson
Catriona Jackson
CEO, Science & Technology Australia Office

Dr Paul Willis
Dr Paul Willis
Director, Royal Institution of Australia

Dr Bruce Walker
Dr Bruce Walker
CEO of the Centre of Appropriate Technology

Professor Aidan Byrne
Professor Aidan Byrne
CEO of the Australian Research Council


12.45pm LUNCH
Grab some well-deserved and delicious brain-fuel and continue the conversations.

TIME TO VOTE!
Having worked on the solutions and listened to the opinions of leaders from Australia’s science sector all delegates will now have the opportunity to vote for what they perceive to be the best solutions generated from the workshops.

Vote online at www.sciencerewired.org/vote


1.45pm SESSION 4: Knowledge (Sharing) is Power
Our crowd sourced speakers sharing a single key lesson learnt from communicating science in Australia whether a glorious success or spectacular failure. Each one has 10 minutes to convey their learnings from a science communication project.

Amy Reichelt
Amy Reichelt, UNSW
Being human – dismantling the ‘scientist’ stereotype

Nicole Kearney   Vera Gin
Nicole Kearney & Vera Gin, Museum Victoria
Taking nature to the nation: Australia’s museums working together to make field guides “mobile”

Dustin Welbourne
Dustin Welbourne, UNSW
Selfies gone wild


2.15pm SESSION 5: Where to Next? Bringing it All Together
The voting is in! This session will focus on the who, how, where and when of achieving the agreed solutions. It is time for action in order to make progress.

Dr Craig Cormick
Dr Craig Cormick
Corporate Communications, CSIRO

Anna-Maria Arabia
Anna-Maria Arabia
General Manager, Questacon


4.00pm Closing Comments and End of Summit