AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE MEDIA CENTRE
The Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) is an independent, non-profit service for the news media, giving journalists direct access to evidence-based science and expertise. The Centre’s aim is to better inform public debate on the major issues of the day in Australia by improving links between the media and the scientific community.
The national Centre was set up in Adelaide, South Australia, and is based on the UK’s acclaimed Science Media Centre, an initiative of Baroness Susan Greenfield from the University of Oxford. The AusSMC was suggested by the Baroness during her period as an Adelaide Thinker in Residence in 2004 and she continues as patron.
Former South Australian Premier, the Hon Mike Rann and Baroness Greenfield launched the Centre on 2 August, 2005. Staff were appointed in late 2005 and the AusSMC opened for business on 28 November 2005. The Centre is advised by a Science Advisory Panel and governed by a Board of Management.
Founded:The AusSMC opened its doors in November, 2005
Funding:The AusSMC is supported by a wide variety of sectors – split between media outlets, research institutions, governments and business – with each contribution capped at 10 per cent of total running costs.