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  • Education, Outreach and Careers: Work Plan

    Executive Committee

    Amanda Bauer (co-chair, AAO) - outreach, careers
    John O’Byrne (co-chair, University of Sydney) - education, outreach
    Martin George (Queen Vic Museum, Tasmania) - education, outreach
    Andrew Walsh (ICRAR/Curtin) - careers
    Robert Hollow (CSIRO) - education, outreach
    Virginia Kilborn (Swinburne) - outreach, careers
    Helen Sim (CSIRO/AAO) - outreach, media
    Pete Wheeler (ICRAR/UWA) - outreach, education
    Wiebke Ebeling (CAASTRO/Curtin) - outreach, education
    Sarah Maddison (Swinburne) - outreach, education, careers
    David Parkinson (Queensland) - careers
    Christopher Fluke (Swinbure) - outreach

    Leaders for three sub-groups

    • Education: John O’Byrne

    • Outreach: Pete Wheeler

    • Careers: Andrew Walsh

    There is still some flexibility with this schedule.
    Date City Coordinator
    17 Feb Sydney John O’Byrne
    6 March Melbourne Virginia Kilborn
    TBD TBD TBD
    15 April Perth Andrew Walsh

    Plan and Purpose

    1. Report on progress against objectives of the previous Decadal Plan (given in the Working Group 1.2 Report).

    2. Provide a stock take of current or future capabilities/resources in the area

    3. Identify any new national or international opportunities/requirements in the area over the period 2016-25

    4. Suggest strategies and the resourcing levels required to maximise these new opportunities

    We will identify working groups that will meet in the future, in between Decadal Reviews, tasked with reviewing the previous year and setting priorities for the coming year. Ultimately we will recommend these working groups (likely to be the official ASA EPOC and ECR chapters) submit a report to the groups leading the Mid-term review and next Decadal Plan.

    Sub-Groups

    Suggested topics to be covered by each sub-group are listed here. Obviously, there is no clear divide, but this can be used as a guide.

    • Education: Curriculum, teacher training, student interactions with scientists, Classroom visits.

    • Outreach: Public Lectures, Outreach Events, Social Media, Telescope Viewing, Facility visits, reports for government.

    • Careers: Early Career Researcher Workshop, Refereeing Workshop, unconscious bias, harassment and workplace bullying, mentoring initiatives, and best practices for organisations such as family friendly policies.

    Before the first town hall meeting in Feb

    1. Request “standard” pieces of information from interested parties, via the Demographics WG survey, and a separate questionnaire to organisations listed above to solicit things like curriculum requirements, student numbers, etc.

    2. Report on progress against objectives of the previous Decadal Plan from leaders of sub-groups

    3. Set up video capabilities for Town Hall meetings to be live-broadcast

    4. Provide a stock take of current or future capabilities/resources in the area

    5. Identify any new national or international opportunities/requirements in the area over the period 2016-25

    Format of Town Hall Meetings

    We will invite representatives from the Australian Science Communicators, the Australasian Planetarium Society, the Victorian Space Science Education Centre, the publicly accessible observatories (AAO, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney etc.), State Teachers Associations, keen individual teachers we know, and providers RiAus, CSIRO, Questacon, Scienceworks, Scitech, Cosmos magazine, Australian Sky & Telescope, as well as amateur astronomy group representatives.

    • Present summary of objectives achieved since previous Decadal Plan.

    • Discussion of current and future capabilities to achieve maximum impact

    • Discuss key goals for 2016-25

    • Discuss resources available/needed

    Target Dates for Deliverables

    • mid Feb 2014: Preliminary reports from sub-group leaders to working group chairs. These will evalutate how have we addressed previous DP recommendations, for assembly and discussion at town hall meetings. Will coordinate to have a town hall meeting with the Demographics Working Group and assess results from the that WG’s survey about Education, Outreach and Training.

    • Jun 2014: complete first draft incorporating responses from meetings, broader input; circulate to working group

    • Jul 2014: final meeting of executive to discuss the draft (at the ASA meeting)

    • 30 Aug 2014: submit final Working Group report to NCA