Communicating Environmental Geoscience - Australian communication pathways.


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Communicating Environmental Geoscience - Australian communication pathways.

Colin J. Simpson

Effectively communicating the role of geoscience in environmental, sustainable development, and/or sustainable resource management, issues is not a straightforward process. For example it requires different approaches depending on the audience being addressed. The different audiences can be broadly classed as: scientists, governments, and the general public. The communication process is often complicated further by the difficulty that geoscientists/scientists can have in identifying the appropriate communication pathways to use if their endeavours are to be successful. Such pathways are not generally taught or explained during the formal scientific education process and as a consequence it may require considerable experience for individuals to understand the processes involved. As an example of the types of understanding required this paper outlines the designated/established geoscience communication pathways that exist in Australia for communication of geoscience both internally and internationally. The IUGS Commission on Geoscience for Environmental Management (GEM) has an International Working Group on Communicating Environmental Geoscience (CEG) ( CEG is keen to assist in promoting better understanding of the various geoscience pathways to be followed in individual countries to achieve successful communication. It is hoped that this Australian example may stimulate geoscientists in other countries to record and publish (in simplified formats) the appropriate pathways required to be followed in their country.

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Communicating Environmental Geoscience - Australian communication pathways.

  1. 1. COMMUNICATING ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCE - Australian Communication Pathways by Colin J. Simpson Information Coordinator IUGS Commission on Geoscience for Environmental Management (GEM)
  2. 2. Australian SCIENTIFIC Influence Pathways
  3. 3. The pivotal role of the AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE in establishing communication linkages
  4. 4. AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE <ul><li>AAS Objectives are to promote science through a range of activities. </li></ul><ul><li>It has defined four major program areas: </li></ul><ul><li>recognition of outstanding contributions to science </li></ul><ul><li>education and public awareness </li></ul><ul><li>science policy </li></ul><ul><li>international relations . </li></ul>
  5. 5. AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE National Committees
  6. 6. The role of a National Committee is <ul><li>to foster a designated branch of science </li></ul><ul><li>to serve as an effective link between </li></ul><ul><li>scientists in the same field </li></ul><ul><li>to advise Council on relevant matters </li></ul>
  7. 7. Earth Sciences NC Earth Sciences NC Crystallography 20 National Committees NC Antarctic Research NC Astronomy NC Earth Sciences NC Earth System Science NC Geography NC Quaternary Research NC Space Science NC Spectroscopy INFLUENCE PATHWAYS AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
  8. 8. Corresponding Societies: Aus Assoc of Paleontologists Aus Inst of Mining & Metallurgy Aus Soc of Soil Science Aus Inst of Energy Institution of Surveyors of Aus Aus Soc Exploration Geophysics Inst of Aus Geographers Geological Society of Australia ILP IAVCEI IAGA IASPEI IAG ILP International Lithosphere Program IAVCEI International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior IAGA International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy IASPEI International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior IAG International Association of Geomorphologists INFLUENCE PATHWAYS AUSTRALIA
  9. 10. Australian GOVERNMENT-LINKED Influence Pathways for Science & Environment
  10. 11. Federal Government State Governments GOVERNMENT Linkages Local Governments
  11. 12. CCST Coordination Committee on Science & Technology STANDING COMMITTEE (14) Australian Academy of Science. Academy of Tech. Sciences & Engineering. Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee. Fed. of Aust. Scientific & Tech. Soc. CSIRO. Australian Research Council. National Health & Medical Res. Council. Business Council of Australia. Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Engineers Australia. Industry R&D Board. PM’s Science Prize Winner. Defence Scientist. Chief Scientist plus representatives of: DSTO - APPOINTED SCIENTISTS (6) INFLUENCE PATHWAYS AUSTRALIA PMSEIC Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council MINISTERIAL MEMBERS Prime Minister, Treasurer, Deputy Prime Minister & Trade Minister Ministers for: Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry Communications, IT, & Arts Education, Science, Training Environment &Heritage Health & Ageing Industry, Tourism & Resources Transport, & Regional Services MINISTERIAL MEMBERS (10) Prime Minister, Treasurer Deputy Prime Minister & Trade Minister Ministers for: Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry Communications, IT & Arts Education, Science and Training Environment & Heritage Health & Ageing Industry, Tourism & Resources Transport & Regional Services FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
  12. 13. <ul><li>The pathways outlined carry with them </li></ul><ul><li>the most “influence” in communicating </li></ul><ul><li>scientific information into the Australian </li></ul><ul><li>governance systems, the Australian </li></ul><ul><li>scientific communities, and the </li></ul><ul><li>International scientific bodies. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Thank You