To accomplish this general aim I would suggest we begin a
conversation along the following lines:
Presentations (say in Powerpoint) to be submitted to an
Editorial Committee. If accepted they become available
for general use by scientist lecturers—in just the same
way as journal articles. These presentations are considered
publications and can be included on a CV.
2. Community engagement talks to be formally included in
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and in job descriptions at
the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO and universities.
3. Community engagement to be taken into account
in academic performance reviews and science job
4. Training in community engagement talks to be offered at
This would represent a change in our academic culture but
could be done at minimal cost and would, in my view, generate
valuable community support for our endeavours.
Many AMOS members take part in community engagement and
outreach. How does your outreach experience compare with
Richard’s? Please let the Education and Outreach committee know
by emailing [email protected], or pen your own article for
future issues — Ed.