Early- and mid-career researchers

Science Pathways focuses on communication

The whole group of early- and mid-career researchers who attended the Pathways workshop
More than 150 EMCRs, senior scientists and industry and government representatives met to discuss effective science communication in April. Photo: Andrew Siebel

The Academy’s Early- and Mid-Career Researcher Forum held its annual national meeting Science Pathways in Adelaide during April. More than 150 EMCRs, senior scientists, and industry and government representatives came together to discuss effective science communication.

The event was opened by the Chief Scientist of South Australia, Dr Leanna Read FTSE, who emphasised the importance of effectively communicating science and targeting messages to particular audiences. Participants from a wide range of fields and backgrounds took part in the two-day event, and EMCRs heard from experts on ways to communicate science to policy makers, politicians and the broader public.

EMCRs had the opportunity to engage with leading science journalists and communicators during a panel session that looked at how to effectively communicate science through the media.

Climate change challenges to health report launched

Academy President Professor Andrew Holmes (left) and Australian Medical Association President Professor Brian Owler launching the Think Tank report.

The recommendations report arising from the 2014 Theo Murphy High flyers Think Tank, ‘Climate changes challenges to health: risks and opportunities’ was jointly launched by the Academy President and the President of the Australian Medical Association, Professor Brian Owler, at Parliament House in April.

The report explores the five major pressures on health that Australia will face as global temperatures rise and climates change. They include the health impacts of extreme weather events, changing patterns of disease, disruptions to food and water supplies, loss of livelihoods and increased threats to security.

The report and its detailed recommendations are based on discussions involving world experts and 60 early- and mid-career researchers at a Think Tank convened by the Academy with support from the Theo Murphy (Australia) Fund in Brisbane last year.

Read more about the climate change challenges to health report

EMCR Forum asks researchers to Inspire Australia

The ‘Inspire Australia’ video research competition aims to showcase innovative research being performed in laboratories and universities across Australia by emerging research leaders. It is aimed at early- and mid-career researchers and gives them the opportunity to win funds to help support their research. All Australians will have the chance to vote for the research that they think should be funded.

Visit thinkable.org to learn more and to vote for your favourite research video.

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