Ambassador John Berry shared the stage with a very special guest this month to help launch the new Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University in Canberra.
The much loved American actor turned science communicator, Alan Alda (that’s right, Hawk Eye from M.A.S.H!) was on hand to launch the new Centre, as was Australian-American astrophysicist and Nobel Prize laureate Brian Schmidt, the university’s new Vice Chancellor.
“Scientists, inventors, and technologists today must… play the role of advocate,” Ambassador Berry said on the day.
“The ability to communicate the significance of a scientific discovery to people’s daily lives may prove the difference between action and inaction, between success and failure. It is only fitting then that Americans and Australians – who have separately and together made some of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the last century – join together to overcome the science communication challenge.”