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What do we plant?

One of my colleagues found this when writing a report on forestry, and it struck a chord. Enjoy. What do we plant? American author, Henry Abbey (1842-1911) What do we plant when we plant the tree? We plant the ship, which will cross the sea. We plant the mast to carry the sails We plant […]

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Science is complex — finding the light switch

There’s always a debate about science AND communication, yet to me the two are integral. In today’s fast-moving, status-update world, there has never been a more important time to communicate well. This was the key theme of a panel debate I was on with the ABC’s Bernie Hobbs and QIMR’s Kirsten MacGregor. Science is complex! […]

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Tell a story – communicating science in developing countries

Last year we were invited by the Crawford Fund to run a week-long science communication course in Chiang-Mai, Thailand, for a group of agricultural researchers. The 17 researchers came from countries across Asia, including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. People in developing countries have less access to the internet than we do, and cannot […]

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