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Centre for the Public Awareness of Science

The Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the ANU is Australia’s oldest and most diverse academic science communication centre. The Centre’s brief is to empower Australians by encouraging in them a confident ‘ownership’ of modern science, increasing science awareness in the community and improving the communication skills of scientists.

CPAS is currently training a new generation of highly qualified scientists to become skilled communicators who can engage people with the science, technology, or medical information that is most relevant to them. Postgraduate students at CPAS are currently researching new ways to excite the imagination of the public about science and to encourage informed decisions about scientific issues that will concern us in the 21st century.

The Centre is unique in its orientation to both applied and theoretical studies of the communication of science. Students receive a theoretical grounding in communicating with the public, training in research methods and practical guidance in effective professional science communication.

CPAS is also part of a growing network of science communicators. It has links with communication programs in universities across Australia, Europe and the Americas and with science centres in Europe, America and Asia. In March 2000 CPAS became an accredited Centre for the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, tasked with collaborating in Australia and the Pacific to raise science awareness throughout this diverse region.

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Physics Link Building 38a. Australian National University

+61 2 6125 0498

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