The second day of the meeting with the Parliament of Science 2022 was another useful experience for delegates to learn about building professional relationships for advocacy, effective discussion and hear from some world leaders in scientific communication.
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Sharing inspiring opportunities for scientists to change life in the Pacific, Andrew Campbell, executive director of the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research, reminded delegates that “science is literally saving the world.”
Advocacy with impact: strategy, coalitions and clarity
Helping to hone the clarity and skill of the delegates, the brilliant strategist and indigenous change activist Tanya Hosh urged the delegates to find allies in their cause, cultivate trust for a long time and listen carefully to those they inform.
“Everyone wants to feel respected, heard and understood. You can really disarm people to hear what you say when they feel like you are also listening to what they are saying. ”
SECNewgate partner and campaign strategist Faye Akindoini explained to delegates how good advocacy requires using all possible tools to help the audience understand the material.
And the fact that to succeed in propaganda means a long-term road: “You will not get married on the first date.”
STEM superstar and masked security supporter Kate Cole has advised that going out in the media can speed up coalition building and bring other experts to your attention and alliances.
She also urged delegates to focus and share experiences: “Technical knowledge in my head is useless if we cannot use it to create positive change.”
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Chief Defense Officer Professor Tanya Monroe reaffirmed the ability of experts to inform big politics and urged delegates to realize the power of deep public appreciation for science. “This is an extremely important time to be a scientist in Australia.”
Key skills for science enthusiasts: materials, audio summaries, testimony of a sage
Specializing in the skills of writing materials, sound expressions and testimonies of sages, our expert group spoke about the power of brevity, clarity and accuracy.
Peter Chasworth, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Australian Universities, urged delegates to be helpful in the process, to know our subject and to know our audience, and, importantly, to “ask for the key in advance”.
Director-General of the Academy of Technology and Technology Kylie Walker advised delegates to be clear, calm and focused and “find [their] inner zen master ”when doing media or testimony.
And the former director general of the Association of Cooperative Research Centers, Dr. Tony Peacock, reminded delegates to be concise, clear and precise.
“Write the material only if it will be useful and you really have something to say.”
Preparing for a meeting with a parliamentarian or adviser
Ahead of many of our delegates ’meetings with MPs and senators next week, the star group shared tips on how to prepare well to get the most out of these opportunities.
Nobel Laureate and Vice-Chancellor of ANU Professor Brian Schmidt encouraged to approach these meetings in order to build long-term relationships to become a source of reliable experience.
“Establish a human connection – and remember the right way.”
Professor of UNSW Scientia and Professor of the Year from New South Wales Australia, Professor Wine Sahajwala reminded you to “enter with both head and heart”, conveying both your experience and your passion.
Longtime former policy adviser and chief financial officer Harry Godber discussed MPs ’research, a good understanding of their interests and preparing submissions to hold their interest.
“Advisors are like the hands of parliamentarians. Often it is they who can be most deeply involved and they will seek to help. ”
Director-General of the Australian Academy of Sciences Anna-Maria Arabia called on the delegates to build relations at every opportunity and make themselves memorable.
Her key message was self-belief: “You are an expert in your field in this room.”
An evening with Brian Cox and Kirsten Banks
Later in the evening, delegates were honored to hear from Professor Brian Cox in a conversation with astrophysicist Wiradjuri Kirsten Banks, discussing COVID’s scientific curiosity, music and key background to bring science to the public consciousness.