Dick Osborn - Local action within an international framework: What can communicating science look like?

Date & time

5–6.30pm 26 May 2011


CPAS Green Couch Room

Increasing knowledge transfer between science and publics at regional and local levels of awareness and decision-making is an objective shared by Commonwealth, state and territory governments, and pursued primarily by investing in three national strategies. 

Seeking to do more at local level, such strategies are, in the presenter’s experience, developed with at best scant anecdotal evidence.

This seminar maps the web-based record of some three hundred messages communicated by scientists located outside the catchment of the Wallaga Lake on conditions within it, i.e. messages directly relevant to an area equivalent to 0.04% of Australia’s land mass. It does so by storing and analysing data within an internationally accepted framework for the governance of technological and environmental risk.

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