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Taking top science teaching from WA to the world
30 August 2016
Winning the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science Teaching lead to Perth teacher Richard Johnson setting up the ultimate laboratory classroom, helping other schools do the same, making the Global Teachers Prize Top 10, meeting Matthew McConaughey and Tony Blair, and sharing his approach with teachers, governments and education leaders internationally. 3D printers, 3D pens, stick...
Science meets cinematography in regional Western Australia
30 August 2016
Film Harvest and Inspiring Australia joined forces to engage budding filmmakers with science. The result: a series of science film workshops, a regional short science film competition, a movie night to showcase the winner, and the finalists continuing to light up the big screen. If a picture says a thousand words, imagine what a motion...
Communicating to inspire in WA
30 August 2016
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...
Inspiring Australia’s 2014: science hubs, pubs, apps and more
19 December 2014
Another year is nearly over, but science engagement carries on—and so does Inspiring Australia. Now in its fourth year, the Inspiring Australia strategy unifies state and national efforts in science communication. It’s giving individuals the chance to be part of citizen science initiatives; getting scientists and organisations to think about, and develop, improved ways of...
The meteorite hunters
5 May 2014
Scientists are using the cameras of the Desert Fireball Network to capture photos of meteors and then triangulate where they land. By doing so they can find out what the meteorites are made of and where they came from in the Solar System—all so that they can learn more about how the Earth and other...
Lights! Camera! Science! FameLab Australia
21 March 2014
Lights! Camera! Science! Passionate Aussie scientists are in the spotlight talking science. No jargon, no lab coats – props, music and poetry optional. But they’ve only got 3 minutes. Join us in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide for the State Heats of FameLab Australia – a competition that gives early-career researchers the chance to talk about their science...
Inspiring Australia into 2014
5 February 2014
Many great things have come out of the Inspiring Australia program, but the real achievement has been to establish a model for coordinating science engagement, with the challenge now for scientists and communicators to keep working together to make the most of this opportunity....
Dropping SCOM BOMBs live online
19 December 2013
A science communication voice for the downtrodden, for the juvenile and for the irreverent is lacking no more. SCOM BOMB, a weekly Google Hangout presented by the good Doctors Rod Lamberts and Will Grant, drops bombs on the communication of science and the science of communication....
Travelling all over the countryside with Kerry Mazzotti
7 November 2013
A love of meeting people from different backgrounds and a bug for travel are surely essential requirements for Kerry Mazzotti’s challenge of coordinating science engagement across the biggest state in Australia. Kerry is one of eight state and territory Inspiring Australia Officers who support science communication and engagement projects, help them gain publicity and enable local collaboration....
Leading science peak bodies to form a unified voice
2 September 2013
The new Science Sector Group will harvest the passion of leading non-government science organisations to conduct joint public education campaigns for emerging scientific issues that have the potential to become controversial....