A Community of Science Communicators
 

Our Objectives

  • To promote science communication
  • To foster professional communication of science and technology, especially through high standards in the crafts of journalism and other forms of communication
  • To promote awareness and understanding of science and technology
  • To celebrate achievements in science and science communication
  • To encourage discussion and debate of ethical, policy, economic and social issues related to science and technology
  • To provide opportunities for dialogue between science and technology communicators

 

What we do

SCANZ produces a regular newsletter.

SCANZ stages an annual conference to provide additional networking opportunities, an opportunity to learn more about effective science communication and discuss topical issues.

SCANZ holds regular functions in those parts of the country where it has members

SCANZ has close links with Australian Science Communicators (ASC), Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) and other international science communication organisations and networks.

 

History

The organisation was formally established on June 23, 2004 at a meeting in Auckland attended by 150 science communicators from throughout New Zealand. A number of factors led to the establishment of the organisation. The staging of the Science Communicators Conference by the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2001, the setting up of a network of science communicators from government agencies in 2001 and the gradual expansion of this attendance by Peter Burke, then Communications Manager for the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST), at an international science communication conference (PCST) in Cape Town, South Africa in 2002. This conference highlighted the fact that most countries had organisations for science communicators and that ideally a similar organisation should be established in New Zealand.

An organising committee was set up and the conference staged in June 2004 with the support of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Merck Sharp & Dohme, the Australia High Commission and the Foundation (FRST). The Australian Science Communicators (ASC) provided valuable assistance to SCANZ in setting up the organisation. There was widespread support from a range of organisations and individuals for the establishment of the organisation. At the Auckland meeting SCANZ formally came into being.

 

Where to from here...

SCANZ aims to adds significant value to the science sector by promoting excellence in science communication. This website and the activities organised by SCANZ are designed to ensure that people with similar interests and objectives have a formal and simple means of keeping in touch with each other and with developments in the field of science communication.