An update on science in WA

Jennifer: Science communication in Western Australia didn’t slow down over the festive season. In the lead up to Christmas, Western Australians had the opportunity to enjoy numerous public engagement events. These included a free lecture by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman on December 7. Dr Wieman is founder of a collaborative science education initiative at the University of British Columbia, which […]

Had Charles Darwin Been A Blogger…

Jennifer: On Monday, Professor Lyn Beazley asked her audience at Government House to ponder the following question: “If Charles Darwin had blogged On the Origin of Species, would we still be talking about it?” Beazley, Western Australia’s Chief Scientist, presented the 2009 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture on the topic “The Evolution of Scientific Records and Challenges […]

Nano Communication in Germany (Zwei)

Jennifer:  This New Years’ Eve, instead of getting ready to party in Perth, I will be hopping on a plane bound for Berlin. I am holding out hope that the Berliners will still be celebrating when I touch down at Tegel Airport in the wee hours of January 01, 2010. And when the New Years’ festivities […]

GM Canola Trials Begin in WA

Jennifer: Over the last few weeks, country towns throughout Western Australia have been celebrating the onset of Spring. I have enjoyed heading out to Quairading, Mukinbudin, Narrogin and Tambellup to attend the annual Agricultural Society Shows in these towns. Making the long hours behind the wheel much more enjoyable were the picturesque golden canola crops, visible as […]

Meeting a real live science writer

Jennifer: Last week, Western Australian science communicators had the opportunity to get to know real live science writer Peter McAllister. The meeting took place at one of my favourite local pubs, providing a relaxed atmosphere for Peter to regale his audience with stories of life as a freelance science writer. Peter is a qualified archaeologist […]