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June 17, 2018

When we set up Media Engagement Services, not only was there a need to show researchers how to communicate their research stories, we had to develop techniques and approaches specifically designed for researchers to use in and around their busy research day. 

Many of th...

May 14, 2018

Everything has changed in the communication industry, particularly in the communication of research. We have shifted from broadcast to narrowcast. The communicator has swapped from the reporter to the researcher. Even the reasons why we want to communicate research and...

February 14, 2018

This is a new world of communications and the old ways of doing things simply won’t cut it.

Before the rise of social media, communications of research were largely restricted to putting out a press release through your media unit in advance of the publication of your l...

February 11, 2018

Happy Darwin Day! Today is Charles Darwin's birthday and this blog takes a look at some secular issues and religious freedom in Australia in 2018. This is a transcript of my piece on last week’s Skeptic Zone podcast. You can hear that here.

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December 18, 2017

Tis the season for giving and, all-to-true to form, many of the gifts given over the festive season will end up in the bin by the end of January. But the giving season gave me pause to reflect on the most valuable gift I ever received; my parents unwavering support for...

December 6, 2017

A recent article in The Conversation took a critical look at the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) plans to measure engagement and impact of Australian research at universities from next year.

Essentially, the Federal Government wants our universities to demonstrate t...

November 13, 2017

Recently my son asked if he could get hold of a copy of the Australian Constitution. Such a thing had never occurred to me before. I’ve never sighted that document and so, pursuant with my son’s request, I went online to find out how to get a copy.

Perhaps I shouldn’t h...

October 19, 2017

I have attended the last half-dozen Prime Minister’s Science Prizes in Canberra, but not this year. I stayed at home and followed the action on social media. And, as the various feeds of the glittering event flashed across my small screen, I became increasingly depress...

October 9, 2017

It’s that time of the year again when we hear of the latest crop of winners of The Nobel Prizes. These are awarded across the sciences and humanities with prizes for chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, literature and peace. Over the last 116 years the Nobel Pri...

September 14, 2017

It was with some reluctance that I took my son to see the latest Spiderman movie. Don’t get me wrong, I love the quality father-son time of a trip to the movies and my reluctance wasn't based around the violence, misogyny or any age-inappropriate material that might be...

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