NEWS BRIEFING: Australia’s science literacy falls

Tue Jul 16, 2013

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ONLINE BRIEFING – Tuesday 16 July at 11am AEST

A national survey has found that the science literacy of young Australian adults has fallen in the last three years, with just two-thirds now correctly identifying the time it takes for the Earth to travel around the sun, compared with three-quarters in 2010.

The popular survey, Science literacy in Australia, conducted by Auspoll on behalf of the Australian Academy of Science, asked respondents questions on basic scientific facts like whether humans and dinosaurs coexisted or whether evolution is still occurring.

The Australian Academy of Science will present the results of this survey at this online media briefing.

The full survey results are available at www.science.org.au/reports/literacysurvey

An audio only copy of the briefing is available here

SPEAKER:

  • Professor Les Field is the Australian Academy of Science’s Secretary for Science Policy. 

 
BRIEFING DETAILS:
DATE: Tue 16 July
START TIME: 11am AEST
DURATION: 30 min
VENUE: Online

NB: The AusSMC generally runs two different types of media briefings:
NEWS BRIEFINGS – new research or data will be released as part of the briefing
BACKGROUND BRIEFINGS – experts discuss an issue which is in the news or an issue we consider newsworthy, but no new research or data is being released