Feature Friday: Letter to a weather station
What does good science writing look like? Most people will say that it’s clear, concise and accessible. It tells a story and makes the reader think, feel, or better yet, act. Another way to measure good science writings is if it appears in The Best Australian Science Writing anthology. This is an annual collection of the year’s best science writing from Australia, …July 3, 2020
Scientifically Discovering My Sexuality
By Gen Tolhurst, 2019 Alumni Asexuality as a null hypothesis In our community people are often presumed to be straight, unless proven otherwise. This felt uncomfortable to me. I’ve been thinking about my sexuality a lot lately. I have been reflecting on how my experience with sexual attraction fits in with other people. I’ve rarely felt attracted to men, but I’ve also rarely …July 1, 2020
Feature Friday: Tweeters of Colour
If any of you have taken our subjects, you'll know we heavily recommend using Twitter to talk about science. It's an awesome way to practice writing about your research, as well as a great way to network with other scientists and see what people are saying in your field. It's also a platform for people to share their political and social …June 27, 2020
Dude, where’s my attention span?
By Eilish Roberts, 2019 Alumni Am I the only one who feels like my attention span is becoming shorter than a matchstick? I used to be able to read an article in one sitting, but now I get a few sentences in before mindlessly reaching for my phone. Once I’m in the distraction vortex, I’m in deep; it can sometimes take …June 24, 2020
Feature Friday: World Record Light
When I say the word pollution, you'll probably think of smog rising above factories. Or of plastic floating in the ocean. Maybe you think about contaminated soil. But do you think about light pollution? Light pollution is typically when artificial light is in excess or is misdirected, and washes out the stars in the night sky above. It not only wastes …June 19, 2020
Why Climate Change Is Threatening Your Caffeine Addiction
By Lucy Reiger, 2019 Alumni. It is no secret that Melbournians love their coffee. Whether it be a latte or an extra hot double shot flat white with almond milk, Melbourne’s caffeine addiction has helped it become the undisputed ‘coffee capital of Australia’. Yet climate change poses a serious threat to the future of coffee production, meaning our consumption habits could be drastically …June 17, 2020
Feature Friday: The Art in Science
This Feature Friday, we're going to go on a visual journey with one of our ex-students Erin! Erin took Communication for Research Scientists during her Masters degree, and has now gone on to do her PhD in the school of Physics. Her research uses diamonds that have been engineered to be sensitive to magnetic fields, which can then be used to …June 12, 2020
What 0.1% is left when you kill 99.9% of germs with soap?
By Kevin Kusnadi, 2019 Alumni. When we use a soap that says “kills 99.9% of germs” on its label to wash our hands, what happens to the 0.1% of germs in our hands? Does it get intentionally saved so it can live to tell the tale of how a mighty soap wipes out an entire population? What is really happening to …June 10, 2020
Feature Friday: FungiSight
This week I had a chat with another of our amazing ex-students about her SciComm work since studying with us. Today I am proud to introduce Grace, a peer-student from my time studying Communication for Research Scientists. Grace spent 10 years towards becoming a vet, until she discovered botany during her undergrad. This is where she discovered mycology – the branch …June 5, 2020
Attack of the (Ice Cream) Cones: The Science Behind Brain Freeze
By Kate Huckstep, 2019 Alumni A nice big scoop of salted caramel gelato… A large refreshing glass of ice-cold water… A 7-eleven “bring your own cup day” bucket of your favourite cola-flavoured Slurpee… What do all of these things have in common? Well, at first glance, these may all seem like enjoyable things to experience on a super warm day. But, all of these …June 3, 2020
Feature Friday: Remember The Wild and the “Look at me!” podcast
This Feature Friday we’re shining the spotlight in another of our ex-students, Chris McCormack. He took our Science Communication subjects as part of his Masters in 2013-2015. After completing his degree, he worked for the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria in Citizen Science. He’s now studying a PhD in Conservation Psychology looking at narrative communication and connection with nature. In …May 29, 2020
Don’t Let Mental Blocks Stop You
By Christina Crachi,@ChristinaCrachi, 2019 Alumni What is a mental block? For those of you that haven’t experienced a mental block in sport- consider yourselves lucky. A mental block is a frustrating and debilitating obstacle which prevents an athlete from performing a particular skill. Flipping out- Credit to Soulfire11 via Flickr My experience As a cheerleader, I’ve had my fair share of mental blocks when it comes …May 27, 2020
Feature Friday: The 5 Level Challenge
So by now you’ve probably heard of the 3MT, the recent #PostItNotePhD, and now I bring to you the next challenge in SciComm, the 5 Level Challenge! This is where scientists explain their research on 5 different levels of complexity: To a child To a teen To a undergrad student To a grad student To an expert in the field This started …May 22, 2020
The Battle Between Good and Evil in Your Compost Bin
By Caroline Norton-Smith, 2019 Alumni. There are types of bacteria in your compost bin, fighting it out for supremacy. Aerobic bacteria – the force for good. Anaerobic bacteria – the force for evil. And there is only one thing that separates them. Air! The force for good Just like aerobic exercise where you breathe lots of air in and out, aerobic bacteria are heavy breathers. They use …May 20, 2020
Feature Friday: Radio Sci-Lens
This Feature Friday we’re proud to present Radio Sci-Lens, a radio show hosted on Melbourne University’s and student radio, Radio Fodder. The show is hosted by three of our wonderful ex-students. They took our Science Communication subject last year, and noticed that the Radio Fodder line-up was missing conversations about science. Kaih Mitchell is studying Master of Physics and loves experimenting especially …May 15, 2020
Pins and Needles: When our Nerves Freak the Heck Out
By Kate Huckstep, 2019 Alumni A few days ago, I experienced (for the umpteenth time in my life) one of the most unusual and unpleasant sensations that we humans frequently have to endure. Picture this: there I am, just sitting cross-legged on one of those little milk-crate stools outside my favourite local coffee shop. I’m just enjoying my double espresso, and a …May 13, 2020
Feature Friday: Bird Glamour
This week’s Feature Friday is about a ichnologist with an itch for bird watching. Through her observations of birds, she was inspired to start portraying the amazing and distinctive marks of birds in the form of awesome eye-makeup looks. "Bird Glamour was one of those "light bulb" moments in May 2017. A friend was having this sick run of owl sightings …May 8, 2020
The Secret Life of a Tongue Eating Louse
By Li Ken Lau, 2019 Alumni Picture this: you have been tasked— by a rather oddball producer for some obscure late-night TV show— to interview a fish. You’ve seated that polite, aquatic gent in the studio. You then ask that question we’ve all (don’t deny it!) been burning to ask for decades: have you ever seen Nessie? Silence fills the room as …May 6, 2020
Feature Friday: #scienceathome with Dr. Naomi Lavelle
Looking for some fun experiments to try whilst you’re stuck indoors? Or maybe you’re homeschooling some young curious minds that could use some science exploration! This Feature Friday presents a solution! Dr Naomi is a science communicator, specialising in communicating to younger audiences through workshops and also via Instagram on @sciencewows. She studied biochemistry at the National University of Ireland, Galway, …May 1, 2020
Leeches: The Bad, the Ugly, and the Just Plain Horrifying
By Ingrid Crossing, 2019 Alumni. Blood-sucking parasites. Oozing, gelatinous worms. Horrifying, slimy masses of black flesh waiting for the next warm body. Most of us have a particular aversion to leeches. They’re the worst parts of a mosquito crossed with the worst parts of a worm. For some, the thought of finding a leech latching onto them in the dark, wet rainforest is their …April 29, 2020
Feature Friday: #postitnotePhD
You’ve probably heard of ways scientists are communicating about their research in short and succinct ways. Like the three minute thesis (3MT) competition, where people have one static slide and three minutes to explain their thesis. Well this Feature Friday, I thought I’d introduce you to a Twitter Trend going around called #postitnotePhD, where PhD candidates are challenged to illustrate their …April 24, 2020
What’s the tea with laxatives?
By Nadine O'Brien, 2019 Alumni. Fit tea, Skinny fit, Zero tea, Teami, Yogi Detox, Bootea, Lyfe Tea, Flat Tummy co. You’ve heard everyone from fitness influencers to the Kardashians promoting some sort of ‘Tea detox’ that claims to cause easy rapid weight loss. Simply drink a glass of their custom tea blend morning and night everyday for the duration of their …April 22, 2020
Feature Friday: Listening To Antarctica
For this Feature Friday, I want to highlight some amazing work written by our very own Dr Jen Martin in tribute to her journey to Antartica. This venture was part of her involvement with Homeward Bound, an international organisation that aims to build a collection of women in STEMM across the globe to demonstrate leadership towards a healthier planet. Each …April 17, 2020
Killer whales are next-in-line when a superbug takes humans down
By Tilly Doran, 2019 Alumni. Far above us in the food chain and more advanced than many of us realise, orcas are 100% prepared for world domination… my explanation is as follows. We share quite a few qualities with these dolphins. Yes, dolphins. To quickly address that, orcas aka. killer whales, are not whales. They are actually the largest member of the oceanic dolphin …April 15, 2020
Feature Friday: Nailing Ecology
Whoever said field work can’t be glamorous has clearly never met Taylor! Taylor is another of our ex-students, who took SCIE90013 Communication for Research Scientists in her Master of Biosciences. Her research was on the effects of fire and vegetation structure on skink populations throughout Western Victoria. She collected genetic information from the skinks, which meant handling lots of the little …April 10, 2020
Superbugs: not as super as they sound
By Lily Collins, Alumni 2019. Turns out super bugs aren't so super, especially not for our pets... No, I’m not talking about the creepy crawly bugs you see around the house and in your garden. What I mean is the tiny bugs that invade your body. The ones that can often make you sick and more than that, make your furry friends …April 8, 2020
Feature Friday: Naturisms
And now for another Feature Friday, with another of our ex-students, Eilish Roberts! Eilish graduated her Bachelor of Science at Unimelb and knew she wanted to pursue a career in science communication, so she undertook our Science Communication subject SCIE90012 when she started her Master’s degree. "From doing SciComm at Melbourne I learned more about the art of deciding how much information …April 3, 2020
How to Beat Everyone at Rock Paper Scissors
By Li Ken Lau, 2019 Alumni. Prepare to take on friends and family alike and win forever, in everyone’s favourite game of chance! Have you ever wondered whether there was a better way to swindle folks in Rock Paper Scissors, other than relying on gut instinct? Yes, dear readers, this week we’ll be delving into the forbidden, eldritch art of reading minds. All …April 1, 2020
Feature Friday: Curiosity Killed the Rat
Welcome to Feature Fridays! Here we'll be highlighting awesome examples of science communication in the public. And what a better way to start off than with a story from one of our own students! Curiosity Killed the Rat Kate took our Science Communication subject last year, where we teach students how to communicate with lay audiences. They found it massively improved their ability to talk …March 27, 2020
How to Fly by Flapping Your Arms
By Haiwei Wang, 2019 Alumni Have you dreamed of soaring above the city, without being strapped to a chair in a giant metal bird? Well, now your dream could be fulfilled! As it turns out, there is a fascinating world not far from our own where this might be possible. An artist’s impression of the surface of Titan. Picture by NASA from Wikimedia. Titan, one of …March 25, 2020
Marsupials have their very own Superhero
By Ingrid Crossing, 2019 Alumni You are a small marsupial, trembling in the red soil. Your fur stands on edge as the predator approaches, sniffing out your crevice in the dirt. Its paws are light, yet you can feel the vibrations pulsing through the ground – or is that your heart? Your ears twitch, waiting for the moment when its fangs …March 18, 2020
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Thank you for your interest in Melbourne University's Science Communication! Here on our landing page you'll find some examples of our student's work. We feature a new student blog post every Wednesday, so make sure you check back for your weekly dose of SciComm. Use the navigation bar above to find information on the subjects we offer and the staff involved, as …March 17, 2020
At the University of Melbourne, we believe it is essential for scientists to learn how to share their ideas with a variety of audiences in an effective and engaging manner. These audiences may include scientists from other disciplines, school students, research funding agencies, media, government, industry and the public.
We offer three subjects to help science students develop the written and spoken communication skills they will need to be successful in their careers. These subjects focus on providing many opportunities for students to receive feedback and improve their own written and spoken communication skills.
MULT20011 Science Communication and Employability (Level 2 Breadth)
and SCIE90012 Science Communication (Graduate)
In both subjects, we discuss the important role science and technology plays in twenty-first century society and explore why it is vital that scientists learn to articulate their ideas effectively to non-scientists. Topics include giving talks, blogging, writing press releases, communicating about climate change, communicating with politicians, science performance, and how science is reported in the media.
In Science Communication & Employability, we also focus on effective communication in the context of employability: writing a CV or job application, interview skills, interpersonal communication and what communication skills employers are looking for in science graduates. Science Communication students undertake exciting internships with a variety of science organisations in Melbourne, including Zoos Victoria, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, 3RRR Community radio, EPA, CSIRO, University High School, Royal Botanic Gardens, Prader-Willi Research Foundation Australia, Melbourne Space Program and Museums Victoria.
Communication for Research Scientists (Graduate)
As a scientist, it is not only important to be able to experiment, research and discover, it is also vital that you can communicate your research effectively in a variety of ways to other scientists, including those outside your field. Even the most brilliant research is wasted if no one knows it has been done or if your audience is unable to understand it.
This subject is for research students and includes effective science writing and oral presentations across a number of formats: writing a thesis; preparing, submitting and publishing journal papers; searching for, evaluating and citing appropriate references; peer review, making the most of conferences; applying for grants and jobs; and using social media to publicise research.
Looking to improve your science communication? Here are some web resources you may find helpful.
Why communicate about science?
Effective Communication, Better Science – a quick read that defines science communication more broadly
Why Communicate Science? – why scientists should explains science to non-scientists and generally have a much greater presence in society. If Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein found the time for it, so should we!
Storytelling in science
Books on writing
How to write a Better Thesis by Evans, Gruba & Zobel * E-book $16.99
How to write a Better Minor Thesis by Gruba and Zobel *E-book $11.99
Blogs on writing
General science writing advice
Writing a journal article
Writing a lay summary
Writing a conference abstract
Writing a literature review
Writing a project proposal
General public speaking advice
The elevator pitch
Using PowerPoint effectively
Working with your research supervisor
Applying for grants
Social media for scientists
Scientist Guide to Social Media – this article has an awesome table comparing the different platforms, as well as tips for each different platform
A social media survival guide for scientists – some excellent survival tips to responsibly using social media for science communication
How social media helps scientists get the message across – results from a study showing that research shared on social media (mainly Twitter) gets more academic citations
Ten Reasons for Academics to Use Social Media and Twitter – look the title basically sums it up. 10 punchy reasons, an easy skim read
Social media as a scientist: a very quick guide – a quick, condensed guide to using social media for science, and examples of how you can use LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to network, exchange scientific ideas, or advance a career
Social media: A network boost – a thorough guide how scientists can use Twitter to increase their networks, as well as how employers use Twitter when recruiting
Scientists, do you want to succeed on Twitter? Here’s how many followers you need – a look into how many followers is needed to start reaching the broader public
Citations are not enough: Academic promotion panels must take into account a scholar’s presence in popular media – why research publications are not nearly as high reaching as social media, and why scholars’ influence on policy and public debates should be considered just as much as publications
How Articles Get Noticed and Advance the Scientific Conversation – explaining that the best way to get a newly published article more attention is to Tweet about it, as well as 5 great tips to get you started on Twitter
Science Communication Breakdown – a blog full of tips on science blogging
Science Blogging and Citations – a blog post explaining a paper about how science blogging can increase the citations of papers… It’s less confusing than it sounds I promise
Science Blogging for Institutions: Your Virtual Roundup of the ScienceWriters2014 #OrgBlog Session – an awesome roundup of tips for science blogging from a panel discussion at the National Association of Science Writers. It covers tips from starting a blog, sourcing content, developing a voice, promoting your content and metrics and analytics
Do more tweets mean higher citations? If so, Twitter can lead us to the ‘personalised journal’; pinpointing more research that is relevant to your interests – how Twitter leads to more citations, as well as using Twitter as your own resource collecting tool
Academic promotion by media presence? – it’s important that our research solves problems that are presented by society
Why We Scientists Do Instagram – why Instagram is an awesome platform for scientists, and how it helps boost visibility and correct gender stereotypes, especially for women in STEMM. There’s also includes a nice mind-map of the motivations to blog about science
A General Overview of Reddit’s Science Communities – a list of communities in Reddit that are all about science
Communicating about climate change
Dr Jen Martin
Dr Jen Martin spent many years working as a field ecologist until she decided the most useful thing she could contribute as a scientist was to teach other scientists how to be effective and engaging communicators. Jen founded, leads and teaches the University of Melbourne’s acclaimed Science Communication Teaching Program. She is deeply committed to helping scientists develop the skills they need to be visible, make connections and have impact. In 2019, she was invited to join the Visibility Team within the Homeward Bound teaching Faculty.
Jen also practices what she preaches: for nearly 15 years she’s been talking about science each week on 3RRR, Australia’s largest community radio station, she writes a popular science blog Espresso Science, is a member of the Science Gallery Melbourne Leonardos and writes for CSIRO’s Double Helix Magazine. Jen was named the Unsung Hero of Australian Science Communication for 2019 by the Australian Science Communicators.
In order to face the imposter syndrome head-on, Jen is currently embracing a variety of new challenges. These include hosting medical podcasts, MCing events, writing a science communication textbook and running marathons.
Dr Linden Ashcroft
Linden Ashcroft grew up in country Victoria on the lands of the Yorta Yorta people, and teaches weather and climate science as well as science communication. When she’s not teaching students how to share their science with the world, Linden researches the past to help us prepare for the future. By exploring the climate of Australia using historical documents and weather observations, she combines her love of science and stories!
She is a current Science and Technology Australia Superstar of STEM, a program that aims to smash society’s gender assumptions about scientists. Linden communicates science regularly on community radio, edits a peer-reviewed journal on scientific data, and her writing was selected for the 2019 Best Australian Science Writing Anthology. You can learn more about her work and outreach at lindenashcroft.com.
Dr Graham Phillips
Graham’s been a scientist, journalist and science communicator. After completing a PhD in astrophysics and holding a few postdoctoral positions, he realised his true passion and moved into science journalism and communication. He’s written for almost every newspaper in Australia and had regular science columns in a number of them. He’s had regular television science spots on Channels Nine, Ten and Seven, and has spent many years with the ABC. He was the host and a producer-reporter on ABC TV’s Catalyst for a long time, and was also a presenter on Channel Seven’s Beyond Tomorrow. He has contributed many, many hours of science radio, and has had four popular science books published. He has also set up and taught in university journalism and science communication courses.
Dr Michael Wheeler
Michael studied undergraduate exercise science at Dublin City University, Ireland. He moved to Australia to undertake a PhD jointly at The Baker Institute in Melbourne and the University of Western Australia (UWA) investigating the combined effects of exercise and sedentary behaviour on cardiovascular and cognitive function in older adults. He was awarded his PhD in 2019 along with The Paul Korner Medal from The Baker Institute and The Robert Street Prize from UWA for outstanding achievement. He is currently an active researcher investigating the effects of diet and exercise on human health.
Michael has developed a passion for all aspects of science communication from publishing scientific papers and presenting at scientific conferences, to publishing science blogs and podcasts, to representing The University of Western Australia at the Three-Minute Thesis Competition and working with The Naked Scientists podcast in Cambridge.
Rosie completed her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Biomedical Science at the University of Melbourne. She took both Science Communication and Communication for Research Scientists during her Masters degree, and attributes heavily attributes her ability to write her thesis to the skills she learned in those classes. Her thesis was on the Placebo Effect in depression treatment, and she hopes to continue researching in the field of neuroscience and psychiatry. She featured on Triple R Radio’s Einstein A Go-Go as part of the Science Communication subject, where she mostly talked about bees. Her favourite bee fact is that despite the common phrase, bees have jointed legs so they don’t have a kneecap. Alas, there is no such thing as bees knees.
She’s now working with the UnimelbSciComm team as Social Media Manager, where she will be focussing on sharing our students’ awesome science communication work.
I’m a multi-disciplinary scientist, specialising in artificial intelligence, mathematics and statistics, and bioinformatics. I am completing my PhD at the Centre for Eye Research Australia and employed as a Research Fellow at Western Health. I am also the Chair of the Young Statisticians Network at the Statistical Society of Australia. Communication for Research Scientists was one of my favourite subjects from …July 5, 2020
Who am I? I am a friend, an ally, and a father of many plants and fish. But one of the coolest things that I am is a Biomedical Scientist! “Does this mean you make Frankenstein’s monster in the lab?” No, not exactly… Since starting my career in biomedical research, it has become clear to me how many people often view scientists. We may be portrayed …June 24, 2020
My name is Mark Dorman, I finished the Science Communication course in 2016 and I’m currently a Statistical Analyst in Education and Training Statistics for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). I’m also a board member of the Commission for the Human Future, and I have hosted two podcasts: Survival Matters, which is on Spotify and Making Waves, which is …June 23, 2020
“So what do you do exactly? Can you prescribe me painkillers? Are you Walter White in Breaking Bad?!” When I began my Masters research in organic chemistry, it became immediately apparent to me how little the people in my life knew about my field. This is a very universal experience for research scientists, and I initially saw this as an indictment …June 22, 2020
I completed the “Communication for Research Scientists” subject in 2015 as part of my Master of Science (Bioinformatics) degree. I have since done a PhD and am currently employed as a postdoc in Munich, Germany developing computational methods for analysing single-cell RNA-sequencing data. After spending almost 10 years at the University of Melbourne completing Bachelor, Masters and PhD degrees I …June 19, 2020
At the beginning of my PhD, I wasn't sure where to start, so I decided to do (yet another) systematic review. My main aim was to identify what was already known about the developmental origins of cardiometabolic health in twins. Basically, I wanted to know whether events occurring between conception and age two led to risk factors for cardiovascular disease …June 17, 2020
I'm Erin and I'm currently a PhD student in the School of Physics. I took Communication for Research Scientists during my Masters degree and it was extremely helpful for both my academic writing and more personal projects - such as a blog I recently started! My research is highly interdisciplinary, so good communication is essential. Being able to target your …June 17, 2020
I'm Kieran. I'm a Master of Urban Horticulture student from the University of Melbourne Burnley campus. I work as a Kitchen Gardener for a restaurant in Trentham, Victoria called Du Fermier. Since joining the team on the farm almost a year ago, I've used my knowledge of horticultural science to champion more regenerative agricultural practices in our food growing approach. I …June 17, 2020
Science Communication has been invaluable to me, first in my academic study and now in my professional career. The study of communication is important no matter your chosen path. In academia, science communication meant my presentations were always well received, understood, and engaging, my writing was cohesive and structured. This even saw me heading to America to present at a …June 16, 2020
When I first met Jenny, it was my most difficult time because I was having communication problems with my supervisors --- for English is my second language. It was actually compulsory for me to choose the subject of Science Communication during my study of Master of Biomedical Science, however, it turned out to be the most helpful subject I have …October 25, 2018
During my Master of Biomedical Science degree, one particular subject stood out for me as a budding researcher- ‘Communication for Research Scientists’ taught by Dr. Jenny Martin. I never considered myself to be a confident public speaker, but Jenny’s enthusiasm and ability to create a comfortable environment with her students, encouraged me to share my passion with the class. The …September 11, 2018
I first met Jenny Martin when I took her science communication course in the final year of my Bachelor of Science. Although it would be a few years until we met again, her teaching had a profound impact upon me. I have always had a love for both science and the arts, and a particular passion for writing. Throughout my …February 28, 2018
Eun Sub Hong
I was fortunate enough to undertake the science communication subject taught by Dr. Jenny Martin during my Master of Biomedical Science degree. The interactive subject helped me so much with my course that I was awarded the best research project as well as receiving the highest score during my final oral presentation in front of many students, supervisors and doctors. I …February 28, 2018
Communication is highly important in helping people understand each other and the world around us. It’s through communicating what we discover that others can learn about it and even explore those discoveries further. Therefore, in a field of discoveries, it’s vital that scientists learn to communicate science well. I was excited to begin my Master of Science (BioSciences) at The University …February 26, 2018
We always want people to understand us. Nonetheless, effective and efficient communication is not always easy, because it involves bidirectional/multidirectional understanding among people you do not know, and who do not know you. Science is difficult; even a well-trained scientist can hardly understand other fields of sciences if too many complicated concepts are involved. As a result, “Science Communication” has put …February 19, 2018
Khine Soe Lin
Many people said I am lucky to win PhD scholarship at Sydney University. Yes, I am. There were big supporters behind this achievement. One of them is Jenny. When I studied at Melbourne University in 2015-2016, I attended two of Jenny's subjects: 1) Communication for Research Scientists and 2) Science Communication. Among uncountable things I learnt from these courses, the most significant …February 5, 2018
I’m currently working as a Fisheries Technician on the Feather River in northern California, helping to monitor and protect Chinook salmon. Communication has been essential in the chaotic trajectory that is my career. I guess it’s true what they say: there are no straight lines in nature! I studied Communication for Research Scientists during my Master’s degree, and after graduation I …December 8, 2017
What do we do in our daily lives that brings us happiness? How can we do it in a way that makes us happier and is also more sustainable for the environment? The answer is quite straightforward actually. Remember the times where we felt important and that we mattered? The people that brings a smile to our face every day, …December 8, 2017
After graduating from my Bachelor of Science, I started working as a Digital Content Producer in the International Marketing and Communications division at Deakin University. My job keeps me on my toes and I’m responsible for a spectrum of things which include executing large-budget digital campaigns, managing content marketing blogs, and leading end-to-end video production duties. A large part of my …October 2, 2017
I hadn’t even heard of science communication as a concept, let alone an industry, until I took Jenny’s class back in 2013. The idea that I could write or talk about science in a fun and interesting way — as a job — changed what I thought I would be able to do with my science degree. Since then I …October 2, 2017
In 2012, I moved to Canberra as part of a graduate program at the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture. I rotated through biosecurity risk, aquatic animal health and the export meat program, while also participating in a communications project for the department. After the graduate year, I was placed in the live animal export policy area. I was interested to …October 2, 2017
After completing my Masters in Bioinformatics, I worked as a Bioinformatician at the Victorian Life SciencesComputation Initiative for a year before starting a PhD in the Bioinformatics group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. My project is all about developing computational methods to help diagnose children with genetic disorders. I am heavily involved in the bioinformatics community. I served as Vice President and then President …October 2, 2017
Interesting times when I enrolled in science communication subjects taught by Jenny Martin. As an international student, living for the first time away from Brazil while changing my career from IT management to research in Bioinformatics, I not only enhanced my English skills quickly, but also learned to deliver my ideas more efficiently and effectively by “knowing and engaging my …October 2, 2017
I am currently in the third year of my PhD undertaking a project that involves a partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Institute of Marine Research in Norway. My research focuses on how environmental variables affect the transmission of a marine parasite that affects both wild and farmed salmon populations, and how to prevent it. I started my PhD …October 2, 2017