Mr Toss Gascoigne is a visiting fellow at the Centre for Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University, in Canberra, Australia.He is currently editing a book which charts the emergence of modern science communication in 38 countries ranging from Mexico and Iran, to Japan and Spain. It is an ambitious project with 125 authors and will provide a baseline for further work.He has published on the history of modern science communication, on whether the field could be considered a discipline, and science advocacy. He has also written on the establishment of ‘Science meets Parliament’, an Australian initiative which allow scientists to meet national politicians to make the case for science and research to the government.He is a member of the international Network for the Public Understanding of Science and Technology, and helped transform PCST into a body with a full international reach. Toss is a former President and life member of both Australian Science Communicators and the PCST Network.He is interested in the interface between science and policy, and for 15 years headed national organisations in Australia. He worked as Executive Director of the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS) and the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS).He has run hundreds of training workshops for scientists in Australia and a dozen other countries, working with Jenni Metcalfe. These have focussed on science communication, how to reach different audiences and explain complex concepts.
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