Scientell staff were upset and disappointed by the negative Indigenous Voice to Parliament result. But Australia’s rejection of the referendum doesn’t mean we will stop considering how to better engage with Fist Nations people.
At Scientell, we support the Yes vote for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. We believe that a constitutionally enshrined Indigenous Voice is a crucial step towards reconciliation, recognising the unique status and rights of First Nation’s people in Australia, and
There is a growing number of companies announcing net zero targets. But these targets come with an array of technical and often confusing data and information. Specialised science communicators can help companies understand their emissions and ensure targets are robust
Have you ever felt like scientists were speaking a whole other language or felt spoken down? Rather than assuming the public lacks understanding, approaching science communication as a two-way conversation means scientists and the public can exchange ideas and knowledge.
If you get performance anxiety when talking on the phone, you’re not alone. But just like with public speaking, practising speaking on the phone allows you to regain (or establish) your confidence.
Is your presentation so text heavy it's like a brick? Infographics are visual representations of information or data that can help you present complex information in a quick, clear, concise and compelling manner. Here are our top infographic tips.
Science communication helps share stories about scientific research, results and achievements. It helps to make science meaningful to the community, businesses and government. But who should be communicating science? Is it just adults, scientists, and communicators? Young people are as important
The world’s first science communication magazine was launched this month by our colleague Tullio Rossi, from Animate your Science. We recently met with Tullio over lunch to discuss how the magazine, SWIPE Scicomm, would create a point of reference for the
By Scientell intern, Nick Jackson There are many ways we can communicate a message. Imagine you were teaching someone to wash their hands for the first time. You could use an audio message, a fact on bacterial contamination, a cartoon illustration,
A blog from our colleagues at Futurum Careers, a free online resource and magazine aimed at introducing high school students to the worldwide to the world of work in STEM . ‘Without climate education, I don’t see the value in going
Grammar doesn’t have to be boring or difficult. A touch of humour can go a long way to help you remember tricky rules. Here are Scientell's amusing top tips to getting grammar right!
How can we bust the myths and misinformation and deliver the facts about climate science? Use the 5 pillars of science behind human-caused climate change, refute misleading information clearly and repeatedly, and communicating in a factual, succinct and calm way.
As lovers of both food and science, Scientell recently attended the 'Future of Food and Nutrition' lecture to hear about emerging trends in food science, nutrition and production. So what will food of the future look like?
Science communicators communicate regularly with researchers, decision-makers, industry representatives, young people and others. But what happens when science communicators get together to communicate with other science communicators? Scientell found out at the Australian Science Communicators 2021 Symposium.
Encouraging our community to use science to solve problems with wide ranging impacts, such as climate change, is a key goal of science communication. These key science communication principles were discussed at a recent science communication panel session.
With the COVID-19 vaccine rolling out and transmission case numbers remaining low, meeting in person near our city office has become possible in Melbourne again. So we wanted to have an analytical look at the choice of local cafés.
Communication often involves a conversation, and sometimes those conversations are difficult. Back when I worked at CSIRO, I was fortunate that conversations were usually easy, but I did do a training course on how to have difficult conversations. I recall the
We often prepare brochures based on detailed technical reports. One of our clients asked us what the difference was between the text in a brochure and that in a report’s executive summary. We discussed with them the many differences between brochures
If you’re looking for a spring project that allows you to enjoy the sunshine and also support biodiversity, then look no further than your lawn! Bee benefits Bee lawns, or flowering lawns, are lawns that have grass and flowers. Flowers are the
Julie Arblaster (Monash University), Colleen Boyle (RMIT), Ruth Morgan (Australian National University), Kate Phillips (Museums Victoria), Alicia Sometimes, Simon Torok (Scientell), Rachel Webster (University of Melbourne) How will people 50 years from now view the events of 2020, from bushfires, to
From Zap! Amazing science experiments, by Paul Holper and Simon Torok (ABC Books) Science is everywhere and what better time to enjoy an experiment or two from the comfort of our own homes – there’s something here for kids and adults alike! For
Paul Holper Well, the Australian Government certainly has a style manual. If you need to know when to use an en dash or a hyphen, whether to add semicolons after bullet points, and whether an abbreviation list lives at the beginning
With COVID-19 leading to an increased use of webinars in place of face-to-face workshops, we’ve compiled a summary of our findings, recommendations and tips for using this technology. While being less engaging than meeting in person, if run well a webinar
Paul Holper Science and technology lie at the heart of so much that is good about modern life. As researchers rush to create a COVID-19 vaccine, let’s begin with a chillingly prescient extract from Bill Bryson’s entertaining 2019 book The Body:
By Paul Holper Despite being written 20 years ago, Stephen King’s book, ‘On writing: A memoir of the craft’, is an entertaining read and a great source of information. Someone who has sold more than 350 million books must know a
Looking for the ideal Christmas gift for a science communicator, budding or experienced, or for anyone interested in science and its applications and promotion? Look no further. Science communication guru Craig Cormick has distilled decades of his own experience and
by Bianca Le More than 30 of Melbourne’s science communicators gathered for lunch at the historic Royal Society of Victoria building, Scientell’s home base. A mix of clients, partners and colleagues – ranging from industry, academia and university – came to
Late last year, I met Paul and Simon at the Royal Society of Victoria's celebration for the 50th anniversary of Earthrise, following which, they invited me to be a part of the Scientell team. I'm budding science communicator as well
The following article first appeared in The Conversation on December 21, 2018 as a reflection on the past 50 years since the Earthrise was first captured by Apollo 8 astronauts. Authors: Simon Torok - Scientell Julie Arblaster - Associate Professor, Monash
Moore’s Law, named after Intel cofounder Gordon Moore, reflects his 1965 observation that computer transistors, or processors, were shrinking so fast that every year twice as many could fit onto a chip. These days, we’ve become accustomed to processors becoming smaller,
Scientell’s clients have included all tiers of government; universities and research centres; industry and NGOs; academic associations and professional societies. Furthermore, before founding Scientell, Simon Torok and I worked at senior levels in science agencies where we contracted dozens of
I recently completed a training course on how to engage communities, and you’d be surprised how a bit of structure in a discussion can help motivate people to take positive action to change the world. Community engagement encourages participation in the
Scientell is a science and environment communication business. We take complex, often technical information and present it in a compelling way for audiences such as policy makers. The product could be a brochure, report, book, website, video, or a traditional
The international climate change assessment body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has launched a communication guide for scientists, put together by Climate Outreach — a UK-based team of social scientists and communication specialists focused on climate communication. The IPCC’s
Recently I edited a large, complex scientific report. As an editor, one of the first things you do is remove extraneous words. Why force a reader to read two or more words, when one will do? As I worked through the
These pointers come from Twitter science social media stars @AstroKatie, @EuanRitchie1 and @astroduff who were panellists during an Innovation week event hosted by @miss_toni on 11 November 2016, at the Royal Society in Melbourne. Hash tags: #SciSocialites #innovationwk The advantage of Twitter is that you can engage
Scientell’s new home, the historic Royal Society of Victoria building, houses a stunning library that includes the first edition of the journal Nature. It’s clear that people communicated science in 1869 differently from now. The first research article in that first issue
Dingo puppies in the Great Sandy Desert (Pilbara Region), WA. Photo by Bradley Smith. The 2018 Ecology Society of Australia calendar features spectacular images of Australian flora, fauna, landscapes, coasts, skies and marine environments. Many disciplines contribute to ecology and ecosystem science,
As part of a major national project on innovation, Scientell has examined the contribution that learning from error and failure can make to innovation and progress. This is part of our work with the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA)
700 scientists, engineers, regulators and other environmental professionals from more than 20 countries have been in Melbourne this week at the biennial CleanUp global forum. CleanUp 2017, organised by the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment
Recently our company Scientell won the 2016–17 Monash Business Award in the Micro Business category. My co-Director, Simon Torok, said in his acceptance speech in front of a packed ballroom, ‘We were delighted to have been nominated for this award
Ten years ago I saw the Al Gore film, An Inconvenient Truth. Driving home from the cinema that night, I passed a car with its headlights off – and flashed my headlights at them using the local language for ‘you’ve
The US is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, but there are reassuring signs of action at a sub-nation scale. At the opening of the Ecocity World Summit being held in Melbourne this week, I heard a lot about the many environmental
Climate change could have far‐reaching consequences for human health across the 21st century. But there is at least some good news on how health systems are adapting. ‘It doesn’t take an extreme weather event to have an extreme health impact,’ said
Enter the CRC CARE High School Essay Competition with a 500- to 1000-word essay about contaminants in the environment (for a safer, cleaner environmental future) and you could win a great prize! Choose from two categories: * The Dr Roneal Naidu award
Scientell prepared this summary for members of the Ecological Society of Australia, who have employed us to provide communication support and advice. Despite the rise of social media, writing and distributing a media release is still a very effective way of communicating
I had the privilege of interviewing half a dozen of Australia’s newest ecologists this week, after more than $1 million in funds for students were announced by the Ecological Society of Australia. In speaking with just six of the 100 students
Discussing the communication of scientific and technical information with the next generation, and influencing their thinking about it, is something I’d like to do for all students. As Director of the science communication company Scientell, I see it as vital
Excluding patients with multiple titanium joint prostheses, the most common metal in the human body is calcium. This fact will assist in countless pub trivia competitions. Chemist Humphry Davy first isolated pure calcium in 1808 by electrolysis of limestone. He named
Book review: ‘Surviving the 21st Century: Humanity’s Ten Great Challenges and How We Can Overcome Them’
Australia has no better science writer than Julian Cribb. He is knowledgeable, extraordinarily well informed and superbly adept at presenting accurate, fascinating information in a way that just begs to be read. His latest book is Surviving the 21st Century: Humanity’s Ten Great
Climate change impacts on the natural world are accelerating rapidly. ‘Many plants and animals are proving to be highly sensitive to the changes in climate we have experienced over the last few decades’ says Professor Lesley Hughes from Macquarie University. Lesley says
Scientell is working with the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) to synthesise a wealth of information into a book on securing Australia’s future. As part of this, we have examined the contribution that learning from error and failure can
Robots are ideally placed to help with future housework, since they can perform repetitive tasks without becoming bored. Since the 1927 film Metropolis, robots have lent a helping hand to humans in many science fiction movies, such as Star Wars, Wall-E
You arrive home from school, hungry for a snack. You feel like something different; not the usual food your fridge and pantry automatically order based on what you normally eat. So you search for a treat on the internet, find
We are living in a rapidly changing world – when most of today’s primary school students grow up, they’ll have jobs that don’t exist right now, and they’ll be using technologies that haven’t been invented, to solve things we
Global hotspots, such as the waters southeast of Australia, have warmed dramatically and dozens of marine animals have moved south. Many others need our help. Dr Alistair Hobday, from CSIRO, says these sea temperature changes are clear – not only in
Last summer, temperatures around the world showed an unusual upward spike. Globally, February was more than a degree warmer than usual, breaking the record set in 2015 that had itself broken the record set in February 2014. A stable climate
Australians are great inventors. We have a history of ideas and thinking up new ways of doing things. Perhaps our inventiveness comes from the fact we have unique problems. Or maybe it’s our geographic isolation: in the past, if we
When a coastal town faces increased flooding, what comes next must come from the community. The most important thing for Councils when planning adaptation to climate change is to identify the risk to people, and then work with the community to
Scientell is proud to be helping the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) launch their online discussion about coastal adaptation, CoastExchange. You can sign up at https://connect.coastadapt.com.au/. The purpose of this virtual community of adaptors is to provide a forum in
Adapted from Torok, S.J., and Holper, P.N. (2006) Inventing millions: 25 Inventions that changed the world. 224 pp., ABC Books. ‘The greatest thing since sliced bread,’ is an accolade often bestowed on an invention. However, it never seems to surpass the actual
This blog is competing for your attention with more than 152 million others. Nearly 173,000 blogs are added to the Internet ever day. There are now four more than when you started reading this. That’s according to the Journal of Applied
This article was first published on the Flying Solo web site, a site for small business. In 2014, after 25 years at CSIRO, I established my own science communication business. Now, some 12 months later, here are some of the things that
Written by Paul Holper The ocean covers 71 per cent of the Earth’s surface and contains almost 97 per cent of the planet’s water. But only 2.5 per cent of Earth’s water is freshwater, and just a fraction (1.2 per cent)
Written by Simon Torok With hundreds of climate scientists meeting in Melbourne this week for the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society conference, it is worth reflecting that climate research owes a great debt to voluntary weather observers who, through their careful documentation
Recently we worked with the Victorian Government to prepare a series of regional brochures explaining the likely impacts of climate change and describing how best to adapt. This project was a collaboration with Karen Pearce of Bloom Communication and Rohan Hamden & Associates. The 8-page brochures
Written by Simon Torok Cli-fi, or climate fiction, also known as Eco-fiction, is a relatively new genre of literature that sets narratives in an often dystopian world affected by climate change. I love it because fiction can be used to convey
Written by Paul Holper Science organisations want to explain their work to increase impact and use of results. Scientists know that science is important and would like others to feel the same. They also realise, that science that no one knows
Ever since the early 1700s, when the first books for young people were written by authors including John Newbery, Thomas Boreman, and Thomas and Mary Cooper, communicators have endeavoured to target young audiences with specific products. Non-fiction writing for young people
This article was first published in the April 2015 issue of BAMOS Communication serves many purposes, including helping to attract research funding. This funding can come from government (federal, state and local), business, philanthropic funds and international sources. If you are to be
If I could just say a few words…I’d be a better public speaker. Homer Simpson Captivate, compel and communicate clearly next time you give a talk. Here are 10 tested steps to help you become a better presenter, and to truly do
For starters, there’s editing and editing. And editing. Three forms really: substantive, copy and proofing. For most clients, ‘editing’ means copy editing. That is, reading through a document and checking that it makes sense and reflects what the writer probably meant. Copy editing