Engaging the public with science

Some of our recent engagement projects are listed below.

‘Not a Drop to Drink’ hypothetical

Cooperative Research Centres Association and the ABC, 2006

We wrote, produced, coordinated and promoted, a public event based on a hypothetical scenario of Australia without water in 2050.

The panel consisted of key water industry people, politicians, journalists, researchers and environmentalists. It included Malcolm Turnbull, Ian Lowe, Peter Cullen and Ticky Fullerton. Bernie Hobbs (ABC’s New Inventors) facilitated the event.

The outcome: The event attracted more than 200 people and was broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program.

Listen to the Big Ideas program (MP3 25.7 MB, 54 mins 45 secs):

bigideas.mp3

 

Engagement strategy

River Health Program, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria, 2005

We developed and helped implement the River Health Program’s engagement strategy, and a work plan grounded in partner perceptions research.

The strategy is helping the program deliver its goals, establish its profile within government and the wider community, develop and maintain partnerships, and establish networks and mechanisms for communication.

We also wrote copy for the River Health Program website, incorporating messages developed in the engagement strategy.

View the engagement strategy (PDF 124 kb).

 

Consultation workshops

Environmental Protection Agency, Victoria, 2005

Quotes from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Victoria participants about our workshop:

[raw] [testimonial] [tentry image=”” name=”Russell Fisher” company=”Learning and Development Consultant Environmental Protection Agency Human Resources (Victoria)”] The course provided participants with a solid grounding in the key principles of effective consultation and a thorough and systematic approach to conducting a consultation process. Participants reported that this course had changed their perception about their role and the way that they think about working with the community. [/tentry] [tentry image=”” name=”Workshop participant” company=”EPA, Victoria”] The interactive approach to learning through case studies, role plays and other activities was brilliant. It outlined an excellent framework for implementing a good consultation process. [/tentry] [tentry image=”” name=”Workshop participant” company=”EPA, Victoria”] The structured approach presented in this course has refined my understanding of effective consultation and has demystified some of its concepts. It was an excellent course that would assist our staff in their work. [/tentry][/testimonial] [/raw]

 

Pubecology

Ecological Society of Australia and the ABC, 2005

We coordinated and promoted a public event based on the NSW Government’s biodiversity banking proposal—a market-based mechanism for protecting biodiversity, which involves trading in biodiversity units.

The panel comprised:

  • Hugh Possingham (Professor of Ecology, The University of Queensland)
  • John Quiggan (Professor of Economics, The University of Queensland)
  • Louisa Mamouney (Senior Project Manager, NSW Department of Environment and Conservation)

Bernie Hobbs (ABC’s New Inventors) facilitated the event.

The outcome: The event attracted more than 200 people and was broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program.

 

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