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21 Mar 2023
Leadership Academy Series | Webinar | 6.00–7.00PM

Leadership Academy Series: Effective Science Writing

This VCCC Alliance Leadership Academy series of webinars aims to introduce attendees to the leadership concepts, assess your strengths and weaknesses and learn strategies to improve self in the area of leadership

The VCCC Alliance invites you to attend a 1-hour webinar on how to improve your science writing skills.

The training session, led by science communicators Simon Torok and Alysha Huxley from Scientell, will cover clear writing and visualisation of your research, with a focus on how to best communicate with audiences such as study group participants and funding bodies.

At the interactive session, you will learn and practice techniques to translate complex research into clear messages for non-expert audiences, how to make your writing more engaging and accessible, and how to complement your text with visuals such as infographics.


Dr Keely Bumsted O'Brien
Head, Scientific Education Office, WEHI

Dr Keely Bumsted O’Brien heads WEHI's Scientific Education Office, providing academic, professional development and pastoral support to the Institute’s students. She is a member of the VCCC Alliance Cancer Education and Training Advisory Committee and teaches into the Masters of Cancer Sciences in a consumer role.


Dr Simon Torok

Dr Simon Torok is a founder and Co-Director of Scientell. He has spent decades both in Australia and overseas helping researchers, research agencies, governments and other organisations explain and translate the work that they do and the importance of science in our lives and its role in understanding the environment. With a PhD in climate change science, Simon has been at the forefront of communication in this field. He regularly applies the lessons learned to a diverse range of topics, including Antarctic science, alternative energy, agriculture and astronomy – just to name the ‘a’s.

He has worked in communication for 25 years, including as; Communication Manager for CSIRO in Canberra and in Melbourne, Communication Manager for the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in England, and as editor of science magazines for young people in Australia.

Ms Alysha Huxley

Ms Alysha Huxley is a science communicator for Scientell. She has experience writing content for websites, media releases, brochures and local news articles about weather and climate. With Scientell, Alysha has worked on dozens of projects. Her work has included extensive writing, communication strategy development and client liaison. She regularly appears on ABC radio discussing science.

Alysha began working for Scientell at the start of 2020, having previously completed internships with the Latrobe Valley Express, the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub, the Conversation Media Group, and the Climate Media Centre in Melbourne.

Alysha has had her work published in local Gippsland papers and through Monash’s Mojo News. She has a double degree from Monash, in Environmental Science and Journalism.

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