The Master of Science Communication Outreach is an exciting one-year graduate program in communication for science, engineering and technology graduates.
Jointly run by the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at The Australian National University and Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, the program includes travel to remote and regional areas of Australia while staffing the Shell Questacon Science Circus.
All students in the program are financially supported by a scholarship that is paid fortnightly throughout the program. To be eligible for this scholarship you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
For about 14 weeks of the 40 week program, students tour regional Australia while working for the Shell Questacon Science Circus. Each year, we travel to different locations. As well as undertaking practical training on the road, there is also a little 'down time' to relax and unwind.
Graduates of the program have gone on to work in diverse and exciting areas across the field of science communication, including:
- television stations and radio networks in Australia e.g. for Triple J, Catalyst and Carbon Cops
- magazines including New Scientist and Scienttrific
- the Edinburgh International Science Festival
- the GridTalk grid computing project in the European Union at CERN, Switzerland
- the Children’s Cancer Institute
- the Science Foundation for Physics at the University of Sydney
- as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development teaching science in the Maldives
- as a Science Outreach Officer in the University of Namibia
- as a science and maths trainer at the Vanuatu Institute of Technology.