The AusSMC works with scientists to help bridge the gap between science and the news media. By being on the AusSMC expert database you will have a stronger voice on the issues of the day and will be adding your support to a growing movement that encourages and supports evidence-based reporting.
Joining our database of experts
The AusSMC draws on a wide range of experts from scientific institutions across Australia. We currently have over 3000 experts listed on our internal database. The AusSMC’s activities inform and sometimes trigger debate, but are not intended to endorse particular policies or boost the profile of specific individuals or organisations. Click here to view the AusSMC policy on who it approaches for scientific and related expertise.
In addition to our internal database, The AusSMC has now also introduced a public facing database of experts, designed for busy journalists that anyone can use. This database can be found on Scimex (Science Media Exchange) at www.scimex.org. The database is designed so that anyone can search for and view experts with a public profile but only approved journalists can see the experts’ contact details. Experts who create a public profile are provided with their own login and can update their profile at any time and can now even pitch stories directly to journalists. For more information on how to make the most of Scimex and to register, click here.
Working with your media team
The AusSMC works collaboratively with institutional media teams wherever possible. Please ask your media team to register with the AusSMC
SMC Global Network
There are now science media centres in five countries (UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Germany) with others on the way (China, Norway, Italy, the US and Pakistan). The centres collaborate extensively and are in the process of developing a global network that has the potential to become an international force for evidence-based science in the media. The network will also help increase Australian expert representation in the overseas media, including translation of expert comments into other languages, such as Japanese, Chinese and French.