Category Archives: Case studies

Supercharging citizen science

Involving people from all walks of life in scientific studies through citizen science has enormous potential to demystify science and contribute to research. But first, we need to share ideas and best practice, build confidence within the scientific community and bring in the government agencies that might benefit. An international Citizen Science Forum held in

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Taking maths to the masses; working with policy makers; and encouraging the next generation—the rewards of recognition

Winners of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science receive more than the prize money and medallion presented to them on the awards night. Past winners including, epilepsy researcher Ingrid Scheffer, statistician Terry Speed and plant ecologist Angela Moles also gained communication skills and media experience, received recognition, enjoyed the spotlight on their disciplines, and found

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Diamonds, swarm intelligence, super-oysters, and seahorse sex: Inspiring Science at the local library

Local Councils have great libraries and links to local communities, but limited connections to scientists. Universities have great scientists, but are concentrated on campuses. Inspiring Australia in NSW is bringing the two together in the Inspiring Science talk series at Ultimo Library. Have you ever wondered how ants, with brains smaller than a grain of

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Supercharging innovation on the Sapphire Coast

The Sapphire Coast Science Hub presented Australia’s first regional Innovation Week in Bega Valley in 2016, tapping the potential of science and innovation for regional economies and future jobs, and showing the strength of the grassroots networks of Inspiring Australia’s regional science hubs. Software developer Liam O’Duibhir and his Bega friends and colleagues are convinced

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The Sydney Science Festival story

It takes strong networks, good communication, and clout to bring together Sydney’s six universities, state and local governments, scientific and cultural institutions, and other organisations together under one National Science Week banner. The aim? To bring science to a city of 4.3 million people. For ten days in August 2016, the Sydney Science Festival saw

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Communicating to inspire in WA

How do you inspire and support the many science communicators spread across a 2.6 million kilometre-square state? Bring them together with experts, trainers, leaders and mentors for a professional development and capacity building conference in Perth, organised by Inspiring Australia. In March 2015, 80 science communicators from across Western Australia descended on Scitech to network, learn

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