Audit of Science Engagement

The biggest snapshot of science engagement in Australia.

It’s a picture as big as Australia. A flash of light illuminating how people are getting science out there. And it’s the first time we’ve ever done it.

The picture shows everyone who is engaging people with any science, from anywhere, any organisation, even into the future—that’s the goal.

We are creating a snapshot of all of the diverse science communication activities and programs going on between January 2011 and June 2013, and we need your help.

You can help by filling out a survey about the science engagement that you’re a part of. We’ll put the results into a visual national online database that anyone can explore. The database is part of a national audit that will help us all understand:

  • who are Australia’s players in science engagement –  internationally, nationally, regionally and locally
  • where and who is missing out on science engagement
  • if others  getting too much of a good thing
  • if and how Australians respond to science engagement activities
  • how people can link their activities or ideas together
  • how people are evaluating their engagement activities, or not
  • how we can create better tools for evaluation
  • the bigger picture of science engagement in Australia – with lots of opportunity for research

The survey and database are being created to answer questions in the Inspiring Australia report: what science engagement activities are happening and how can we assess the effectiveness of those activities in Australia? It’s the first project in a suite tackling the Inspiring Australia program’s aims.

As well as the survey, we will do personal interviews and a desktop review to make sure that we capture as many activities as possible.

The team comprises Jenni Metcalfe (Econnect Communication), Kristin Alford (Bridge8), and Jesse Shore and Kali Madden (Australian Science Communicators). Nancy Longnecker (UWA), Rod Lamberts (ANU) and Joan Leach (UQ) are advisors for the project. They also plan to use the data to help develop a national evaluation tool for science engagement activities – another Inspiring Australia initiative.

The audit will enable science communicators to become a part of the big picture of science engagement in Australia and their standing with respect to the world. Don’t miss out on being part of the big picture. Tell us about your engagement activities—do the survey (

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research & Tertiary Education in partnership with Econnect, Bridge8, ASC & UWA.


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