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AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE COMMUNICATORS CELEBRATE 10 YEARS

4th August 2004

More editors, journalists, scientists, engineers and teachers from across Australia involved in communicating and promoting science will be able to attend the 10th anniversary conference of the Australian Science Communicators (ASC) thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Australian Government.

Announcing the grant today Australian Government Science Minister Peter McGauran said the money will subsidise member’s costs for attending the conference to be held in Coolangatta from 26-29th September.

“This grant will increase the number of science communicators attending this years Conference who in previous years have been unable to attend

due to financial restraints, allowing the ASC to reach a broader audience,” Minister McGauran said.

“ASC is a professional association that has been promoting science in Australia for over a decade. With over 400 members it has become a significant voice for Australian science.

“When the ASC began ten years ago it was the only group of its type in the world. It has helped create and define the profession of ‘science communicator’ to the extent that job advertisements are now appearing under this heading in the press.

“One of the highlights of this years Conference will be the ‘Unsung Hero of Australian Science’ Award. Past recipients have included Dr Carolyn Mountford, who pioneered the use of magnetic resonance imaging in the early detection of breast cancer and Dr Hugh Spencer a leader in tropical rainforest research.

“I have no doubt the Conference will be a resounding success, and I am sure the ASC will continue to grow in its role of promoting the effective communication of science to the public,” Mr McGauran concluded.

Further information: Jodie Naismith (Minister McGauran’s office) 03 9639 3199 or 0419 622 915

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