10 September 2013: AMWA-hosted copyright webinar – FREE for AMWA members!
“Getting a grip on Creative Commons: what CC licenses are and how to work with them” will be held Thursday 26 September at midday to 1pm (AEST). Presented by Professor Anne Fitzgerald, Queensland University of Technology Law School, the webinar is free for AMWA members and costs $10.00 for non-members.
Creative Commons is a worldwide project that encourages copyright owners to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material, legally. CC offers a range of free licences that creators can use to manage their copyright in the online environment, each providing its own specific protections and freedoms. Anne will explain how CC works, why one would use CC licensing and how to apply it to your own creative works.
Anne is an intellectual property and e-commerce lawyer and a Professor in Law Research at QUT. She has an extensive background in the areas of intellectual property law, internet and e-commerce law and international trade law and is a core member of the Creative Commons staff.
Don’t delay your booking for our exciting AMWA Melbourne conference (22-24 Aug). All bookings before midnight on 12 Aug will receive our early bird discount. To see our program and make your booking, click here.
The AMWA committee have spent a great deal of time this year working on changes to our constitution. We have produced a document which will be voted on at our AGM at 5pm on 23 August 2013, at our Melbourne conference venue. Details of the proposed changes can be found here. All members have been emailed voting instructions.
Melbourne Writers Festival is offering AMWA members and conference delegates a discount to selected sessions. Information about this great offer and conditions is provided on your membership receipt and conference registration receipt. Visit the Melbourne Writers Festival Facebook Page for festival updates.
Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty and Eureka Prize Winner Professor Ian Frazer in conversation. Moderated by Reema Rattan Health Editor for theconversation.edu.au.
Wednesday 7 August 2013. 6:30 – 8:00 pm, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne. $10 and $6.50 concession
We frequently hear about general literacy levels in the community, and even about science and maths literacy, but rarely about the wider public understanding of evidence-based health matters. Spaces are limited and booking is essential – visit giantsofmedicine.eventbrite.com.au
A few months ago, AMWA members were invited to be part of an online survey presented at the 2013 World Conference of Science Journalists in Helsinki. The survey looked at the ‘blurring lines’ between independent science journalism and science PR. View the full survey results here.
July is membership renewal month! To take advantage of conference discounts your membership must be up-to-date by 30 July. Renew online now.
We are delighted that Hon David Davis, The Victorian Minister for Health and Ageing, has agreed to officially open our 30th annual conference in Melbourne on Friday 23 August. Add in the big names of Simon Chapman and Gael Jennings, and our opening session makes for compulsory viewing! Find out more about AMWA’s annual conference.
The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) is an international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, dedicated to help the public take into account scientific knowledge in its understanding of critical socio-economic issues and play a greater role in the governance of science and technology. Find out more.
Join Science Rewired on the 6th & 7th June for a two-day Summit to map the emerging challenges for science communication in Australia and to collaboratively develop best-practice solutions. Find out more
Bond University is offering a small number of Australian journalists the chance to learn more about the “evidence based” approach within medicine, and pick up story ideas from internationally respected healthcare academics, including Professor Paul Glasziou, Professor Chris Del Mar and Associate Professor Tammy Hoffman.
Natasha Mitchell and Jane McCredie are editing the anthology of The Best Australian Science Writing 2013 and are on the hunt for short pieces of great writing about science for a general audience – journalism, blogs, even poetry and fiction. Find out more.
Read the President’s tribute to the late health economist, Professor Gavin Mooney. Find out more
ASC members may be interested in this week-long retreat in Clunes for people interested and involved in science writing. Find out more
The Victorian branches of AMWA and the Australian Science Communicators are joining forces to celebrate this festive season! Find out more
Are any Brisbane members interested in a journalist/writing masterclass on lung cancer? Find out more
Travel far enough down the list of desired outcomes for most careers and you will eventually reach some variant on ‘make the world a better place’. This sentiment leapt to the top of the list during last weekend’s Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA) 29th annual conference in Brisbane, Social Justice in Health. Find out more
AMWA President Justin Coleman is on the judging panel for the 2012 Luminous Award, which encourages enlightened and inspiring cancer reporting in the media. Find out more
Google is suddenly everywhere, yet we know only a fraction of what it contains. Come and swim with Kate Mason as she teaches us invaluable tips and tricks for the trade using Google tools. Find out more
The recent Melbourne AMWA discussion panel, held jointly with the Australian Science Communicators (ASC), was a great success. Find out more
For doctors in NSW with a writing interest, the inaugural Dr Eric Dark Memorial Lecture and Dinner will be held in Leura on 10 March. Find out more
The Australasian Medical Writers Association and Australian Science Communicators jointly present a dinner conversation with leading researchers and communicators. Find out more.