Stories of Australian Science
Submissions for Stories of Australian Science 2017 are now closed, but if you have a story for the next collection please get in touch.
- Why be part of Stories of Australian Science?
- About the stories
- Contact us to get involved
Stories of Australian Science is an online collection and annual printed storybook that brings together the best of the previous year’s science discoveries, prize-winners and top achievers.
Written in an approachable style, and with an eye-catching design, our annual storybooks are used by journalists, scientific researchers, politicians and science policy-makers, as a useful reference for keeping up-to-date with new and exciting developments in Australian research. Online, users can search by field of science, state, institution or key word to see the science stories that have been included in the current year and previous years.
Having your story told in this publication is a great way to promote your organisation’s research, prize winners or top scientists to many key people in the media, science and science policy.
We publish the stories from each year on our website, and distribute the booklet to Australian and international journalists, Australian politicians, science leaders, educators and major science institutions. And you’ll be able to use your copies of the publication as a promotional tool.
Each story is roughly 250 words long, and is accompanied by an image. See last year’s Stories, and our other similar publications at http://stories.scienceinpublic.com.au/. You can view stories online, or download the pdf.
We write the stories for you—all you need to do is tell us what you’d like to include in the publication, and give us the scientist’s contact details. We only publish text you (and/or your scientist) has approved, and either use an image you supply (with appropriate credit) or an appropriate stock photo.
Each story includes the scientist’s or representative’s contact details to enable interested people to follow up with your organisation.
The cost of participation is $1,200 + GST for a single story.
You can, of course, take more than one story. If you take a set of stories (three or more), we can include your logo. If you take five or more stories, we will add in a high-impact photo page to accompany your stories.
Prices are discounted for multiple stories:
- two stories: $1,100 + GST per story
- three or four stories: $950 + GST per story, plus your logo
- five or more stories: $950 + GST per story, plus your logo in a feature spread.
They’re all searchable via our online database, where stories can be sorted by field of science, state, country, or organisation.
Each year we distribute the print collection to our Australian journalists, science leaders and influencers, embassies, school kids, politicians, and others in Australia and around the world.
Of course, we also send copies to all those featured in the storybook, so you can use it to promote your science:
- all organisations that have booked stories receive a box (around 70 copies) of printed copies per story booked
- all scientists featured in the stories receive three printed copies.
For the 2017 edition, we’ve printed 15,000 copies. Some of the distribution has included: guests at the 2017 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, and all attendees of the World Conference of Science Journalists and delegates to the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (both in San Francisco). In January they will be given to attendees of the 2018 National Youth Science Forum as well as those in the teacher’s program.
For our 2016 edition, we printed 15,000 copies to distribute at no charge. The distribution included:
- All Australian federal MPs and Senators
- The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science dinner guests
- Members of the Commonwealth Science Council
- The Indonesia-Australia Research Summit (in Surabaya in 2016)
- Science Agora in Tokyo – organised by the Japanese science ministry
- At the launch of an Australian-French manufacturing partnership at the Australian Embassy in Paris (in November 2016)
- Via Questacon and Inspiring Australia to Chief Scientists and State agency leaders
- Leaders of Australia’s major science organisations (including the ARC, NHMRC, CRC Association, Universities Australia, medical and scientific research institutes), and key science policymakers
- Our extensive list of Australian journalists
- International journalists including our contacts at Nature, Scientific American, Science News, Reuters, the BBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Asahi Shimbun and the Financial Times
- Members of the science community and the public at the Fresh Science events in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Townsville as part of Fresh Science at the pub
- Foreign embassies in Australia, to promote Australian science overseas
- 500 copies used by the Australian Embassy in Tokyo
- Science education organisations, such as the Australian Science Teachers Association and National Science Week coordinators
- Teacher kits at the Sydney Observatory, Scienceworks, ANSTO Discovery Centre, Quantum Victoria, the Royal Society of Victoria and other science centres
- Selected conferences and outreach events, on request
- Our stakeholders in the broader science community.
The 2014 booklets were also distributed at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting and through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Tokyo and Brussels.
We’ll also publicise the online stories to our large list of media, scientists, science leaders, educators and interested public, and you can re-use the material in your own publications or websites (with acknowledgement).
All stories will be available on our website at stories.scienceinpublic.com.au and you can also read or download the print version on your desktop or tablet computer at: stories.scienceinpublic.com.au/print-editions
To order copies of our publication, please email Niall Byrne on firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on (03) 9398 1416.