Press Articles

Different media outlets provide a conduit that connects specialists, be they scientists or sailors, car or sports enthusiasts, with an interested and often non-specialized or unqualified public. None of us are specialists at everything - even within our specialized subjects - hence the value of the 'New Scientist' or 'Australian Sailing' magazine, for example.

I have always been a firm believer in talking about my scientific interests with the public, starting with children's TV programs in UK in the early 1960s, talks to community groups and schools, news and current affairs interviews for radio, TV and the print media. Articles for popular journals such as Air Niugini's in-flight magazine, 'Paradise', proved a good vehicle for showing off colour photos (see WASPS).

Running the European Wasp Awareness program for the A.C.T. Government in Canberra for the past ten years made it mandatory for me to get on the box and radio and cajole the local press to run stories on the wasp. By raising awareness and understanding in this way we seem to be having some influence in reducing the adverse impact of this urban pest - but only time will tell how effective we have been.

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