Is science an endangered species in mass media?
4 July 2012
Gardening offers a colourful opportunity to convey important scientific concepts, says Angus Stewart, one of Australia's leading gardening experts.
Once he illustrated a discussion on composting by sending a video microscope into a compost heap to show images of microorganisms in their natural habitat. "The story went down incredibly well," he says.
Stewart, who holds a first-class honours degree in agricultural science from the University of Sydney, will be delivering the next talk in the Sydney Connections alumni breakfast series, to be held in the Ivy Room in Sydney's CBD on Wednesday 11 July.
In his talk "Is science an endangered species in mass media?", Angus says he would like to encourage scientists to present their work in a visually appealing way and to avoid jargon so they can pitch it to a wider audience.
"I have been contributing to various forms of mass media for the last 20 years and in that time I have endeavoured to provide relevant information on gardening based on sound horticultural science.
"My talk will discuss ideas for presenting science-based content in an entertaining way that does not compromise the content."
Angus has run his own horticultural consulting and plant-breeding business since 1985 and has developed more than 50 new cultivars that have been sold around the world, including a number of new varieties of kangaroo paw.
He has been the presenter for ABC TV's Gardening Australia program for five years and was previously the gardening presenter for Sydney Weekender and various other programs including Better Homes & Gardens and has written four books including Let's Propagate and Australian Plants for Year-round Colour.
"The thrust of my talk is how can we get scientific information across without turning off the audience. Scientists should present it in language and images that really capture the imagination."
When: 7.15 to 8.45am, Wednesday 11 July
Where: The Ivy Room, 320-330 George Street, Sydney. See map
Cost: $35 for alumni, staff and students, $45 for friends and guests, $280 for a table of 8
Dress code: Business
Contact: Alumni and Events Office, 02 9036 9278, email@example.com
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