When a conference is on, that’s a unique opportunity for getting your science field into the press. You’ve invested time and energy on getting top thought leaders together in place.
We can help you to make the most of it: from putting out a press release and getting the buzz up in the lead-up, to building a conference media room and even organising an outside broadcast on site.
We can also set up and manage conference media centres, with facilities for journalists and media briefings, and put together special media and public events and photo opportunities.
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Below is a list of conferences and related media releases we have published in past years:
- RACI Centenary Chemistry Congress, 23-28 July 2017
- 15th World Congress on Public Health, 3-7 April 2017
- Joint 13th Asia Pacific Physics Conference and 22nd Australian Institute of Physics Congress, 4–8 December 2016
- 21st Australian Institute of Physics Congress incorporating the Australian Optical Society Conference, 7–11 December 2014
- AIP Congress, incorporating the 37th Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology, 9–13 December 2012
- Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries Conference, 27–29 November 2012
- International Conference on High Energy Physics, 4–11 July 2012
- World Congress of Asian Psychiatry, 31 July – 4 August 2011
- International Botanical Conference, 23–30 July 2011
- IUGG Conference – Earth on the Edge: Science for a Sustainable Planet, 28 June – 7 July 2011
- United Nations DPI/NGO Conference: Advance Global Health – Achieve the Millennium Development Goals, 30 August – 1 September 2010
- RACI’s 13th International Convention and the 12th IUPAC International Congress of Pesticide Chemistry, 4–8 July 2010
- International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 22–26 February 2010
- Nanophotonics Down Under 2009 Devices and Applications, 21–24 June 2009
Today at the Centenary Chemistry Congress
Chemical-free is a myth, says Chief Scientist
“It’s a sad era for chemistry when you can buy chemical-free water, in a chemical-free plastic bottle, to wash down your chemical-free pills, from your chemical-free pharmacist,” says Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel.
- Eliminating chemical weapons, His Excellency Mr Ahmet Üzümcü—Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (2013 Nobel Peace Prize winner)
- Using carbs to fight superbugs—Wisconsin chemist Laura Kiessling on how we can use the carbohydrates that coat every living cell in the fight against antibiotic resistant superbugs
- Sir Martyn Poliakoff (University of Nottingham) is in the Guinness Book of Records for the world’s smallest periodic table (carved into a hair from his head). He’s a star of the YouTube series The Periodic Table of Videos. And in his day job he’s working to use CO2, water and other supercritical fluids to replace toxic solvents in applications such as dry cleaning.
And from last night
Business can solve today’s intractable challenges says Dow CEO Andrew Liveris, but Australia is falling behind..
More below. [continue reading…]
Business can help make the world a better place by driving the solutions to problems like climate change, food security and rising energy demand.
“I firmly believe that the companies who will lead the 21st century will be the ones that invent solutions to these mounting global challenges,” said Andrew Liveris, speaking last night at the RACI Centenary Chemistry Congress.
For Dow that’s meant developing a paint that removes toxic formaldehyde from the air, innovative packaging technologies that reduce food waste, and new methods of desalination that allow us to put more of the planet’s water to use.
Last year the company was awarded 754 US patents – eight times the number they were getting a decade ago.
“More and more companies are seeing that we can do well by doing good,” Andrew said.
But we also need governments to set smart regulatory and policy frameworks that enable innovation to flourish, and that’s not happening enough in Australia he said.
According to the World Economic Forum, Australia ranks 25th in the world when it comes to “business capacity for innovation”. And we’re also falling behind in our competitiveness in teaching young people maths and science.
Andrew says our quality of life will go backwards “if all we are is a farm, a hotel and a quarry”.
Monday, 24 July at Melbourne Convention Centre
RACI Centennial Chemistry Congress: 3,500 chemists, three Nobel Prize winners, Trump and Obama insiders
The ignorant versus the arrogant – inside US politics
That’s how Obama insider and chemist Paul Anastas describes the US election result. He was appointed to the EPA by President Obama and now sees decades of environmental protection being rolled back. He’s angry. At the Congress, he’s talking about solving global challenges without creating new ones. For example, we need non-toxic solar cells, and biofuels that don’t compete with food production. He’s a pioneer of green chemistry, designing chemicals that are sustainable, non-hazardous and environmentally benign.
How seaweed and frog venom led to today’s OLED phone and TV screens
Andrew Holmes is President of the Australian Academy of Science and a chemistry pioneer whose discoveries led to plastic screens. Now he and his colleagues are working on plastic solar cells. He’ll discuss the impact of chemistry on Australia, and what’s next for plastic electronics.
It’s a week of discovering how chemistry is changing our world—international and national speakers are in Melbourne and ready to talk. Here are some highlights and we’ll have daily alerts for you with more people and ideas through the week. Media are welcome.
This Sunday, 5pm
- Meet Trump’s ‘Aussie mate’ Andrew Liveris—Australian-born, US-based chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical Company, who Trump has appointed to lead his American Manufacturing Council. Liveris is not doing any media interviews but you can see and report his talk at 5pm
- Opening of the RACI Centennial Chemistry Congress: 2,500 chemists, three Nobel Prize winners.
Monday 24 July
- How seaweed and frog venom led to today’s OLED phone and TV screens. Andrew Holmes discusses what’s next for plastic electronics and solar energy
- Molly Stevens grows bones—Molly is a tissue engineer growing bones, cartilage, nerve and heart tissue for regenerative medicine and bio-sensing. Last December she announced a patch that could fix a broken heart
- Obama White House insider, and father of green chemistry, Paul Anastas on how we need to design smarter to create a sustainable society. For example, we need non-toxic solar cells, and biofuels that don’t compete with food production
- New solvents from wood—invented in York, made in Tassie. The world needs good solvents for everything from cleaning the house, to making drugs, and miracle materials like graphene. York University’s James Clark has invented a new solvent that’s now being made in Tasmania.
9 conferences and 2,500+ chemists under one roof
- What’s the role of chemistry in shaping the economy, now and in the future?
- What is e-drug discovery and what will it offer medicine?
- Can chemistry help save the planet through energy storage or cleaner production?
- How will chemistry address the challenges of the 21st Century?
In two weeks, Melbourne will host the RACI Centenary Chemistry Congress, celebrating the 100th birthday of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and bringing nine national, regional and international conferences under one congress roof.
Visiting speakers include:
- ‘Trump’s Aussie mate’ Andrew Liveris – Australian-born, US-based chairman and CEO Dow Chemical Company, who Trump has appointed to lead his American Manufacturing Council.
- Nobel Prize for Chemistry (2005) winner Robert Grubbs (Caltech), who won for his work on a multistep reaction process and catalysts to help it. The benefits can be cleaner, cheaper and faster reactions.
- His Excellency Mr Ahmet Üzümcü – Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (2013 Nobel Peace Prize winner)
- Frances Arnold (Caltech) – American scientist and engineer, and a pioneer of ‘directed evolution’, which uses chemical engineering to create useful biological systems such as highly reactive enzymes or microorganisms that convert biomass to alternatives fuels.
- Martyn Poliakoff (University of Nottingham) – a green chemistry research leader working with supercritical fluids – gases compressed under so much pressure that they have properties of both gases and liquids. Martyn is also a star of the YouTube series The Periodic Table of Videos.
If you’d like to attend the conference, media passes are available—contact Suzannah Lyons on email@example.com to register.
We’ll be tweeting news and interesting content from the Congress from @RACI_HQ and using #RACI100.
For more information about the Congress itself, visit the website: www.racicongress.com.
You’ll want to brush your teeth after reading this media release
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Melbourne is hosting a global conference this week of experts in the fight against a blood-eating bug that’s destroying bone and causing tooth loss in nearly one billion people, including nearly three million Australians.
“Most of us will get a bit of mild gum disease or gingivitis from time to time when ‘bad’ bacteria in our mouths get out of balance with ‘good’ bacteria,” says Professor Eric Reynolds, the Conference Chair. “Bacteria get between our gums and our teeth and an inflammation kicks off. If we’re unlucky then Pg moves in.”
“As this blood-eating bacterium grows in a biofilm (plaque) next to the gums it creates an environment that protects it and other similar bacteria in the plaque. It also changes the ecology of the mouth, setting off a cycle of inflammation and disease leading to the loss of bone from your jaw. Then your teeth fall out,” says Reynolds who is also Director of the Oral Health CRC based at The University of Melbourne. Quarterly scraping of the plaque helps, but doesn’t eliminate the infection in some individuals.
Science in Public was engaged to amplify the World Congress on Public Health: to build the buzz and reach the broader community.
The World Congress on Public Health reached a broad local and international audience, through hundreds of stories in mainstream and niche media—from BBC to Buzzfeed. Highlights included over three hours of national radio, and a feature interview with Leigh Sales on 7.30.
• Television interviews with Congress speakers on ABC 7.30, Sky News and ABC News 24’s The World.
• A Fairfax media feature on the influence of celebrity on public health.
• ABC Radio National Life Matters opened the show with Congress guests every day for the full five weekdays of the Congress, with further interviews recorded at the Congress for future broadcast.
World Congress on Public Health points towards safer roads
- Australia has been a leader in road safety policy but we’re still losing more than 1,200 lives on our roads each year
- First year of driving critical for keeping adolescent drivers awake, alert and alive
- Paving the way for autonomous vehicles
- Aboriginal Australians three times more likely to die on roads: can we close the gap?
Road deaths in Australia peaked in 1970, when 3,798 people died. A long-term downwards trend in road deaths means our road toll is now less than a third of that peak figure, but the road toll and the burden of injuries from road accidents remain a public health challenge.
Globally, the road toll has plateaued at 1.25 million per year, but there are still high fatality rates in low income countries and it’s the number one cause of death among people aged 15 to 29 years. [continue reading…]
This evening: Ecocity World Summit launch in Melbourne
Population growth, transport and congestion, keeping cities healthy, increasing density without the loss of green space, and energy security (aka ‘keeping the lights on’)—a reminder that the program of July’s Ecocity World Summit will be launched at 5.30pm tonight at The University of Melbourne.
It will provide an overview of the speakers and topics we can put you in touch with for stories in the lead up to and during the Summit.
More details on the event below. For more information about the Summit, contact Tanya Ha on 0404 083 863 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A global voice for Indigenous public health equity
An new Indigenous Working Group will be established within the World Federation of Public Health Associations, aiming to create a platform for change to address the health inequities experienced by Indigenous peoples worldwide.
Media release below.
Niall [continue reading…]
Media release from the World Federation of Public Health Associations
Monday 10 April 2017
The World Federation of Public Health Associations has formed its first Indigenous Working Group on its 50th Anniversary.
At the 15th World Congress of Public Health Melbourne conference, 40 Indigenous and non-Indigenous conference delegates of the yarning circle unanimously supported in principle the establishment of the World Federation of Public Health Associations Indigenous Working Group.
The Public Health Association of Australia, on Tuesday 4th April 2017, hosted a yarning circle to talk about establishing an Indigenous Working Group. The yarning circle was led by Adrian Te Patu, the inaugural Indigenous representative on the World Federation of Public Health Association (WFPHA) Governing Council.
Once supported by the delegates, the formation of the Indigenous Working Group was accepted by acclimation by the world assembly of Public Health Associations. Under Mr. Te Patu’s leadership, the next steps are to formalise the Indigenous Working Group and develop its vision. [continue reading…]
The World Congress on Public Health wraps up in Melbourne today with resolutions and demands for action on public health and on chemical weapons. More below.
But wait there’s more…EcoCities. In July Al Gore will be one of dozens of international speakers at the Ecocity World Summit.
What’s an EcoCity? Why do we want to be one? Can I speak with Al? These and other questions will be answered…
This Monday evening at a briefing on the Summit at 5.30 pm Monday 10 April at the Dulux Gallery, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne.
More details below. [continue reading…]
- On public health
- On chemical weapons
- And a call to Rome in 2020
Today, at the final day of the 15th World Congress on Public Health, delegates from over 83 countries carried by acclamation two Demands for Action.
Demanding that the World’s leaders make the public’s health a priority
- Improving health outcomes for all
- Fighting inequity as the primary driver of poor health
- with political, social, environmental, and economic change across all sectors for better and more sustainable health.
The full text of the Demand is at http://www.wcph2017.com/d/WCPH2017-Melbourne-Demand-for-Action.pdf [continue reading…]
Joint Statement from Anti-Poverty Network SA and Public Health Association of Australia
Info: Anti-Poverty Network SA spokesperson Pas Forgione on 0411 587 663 or at email@example.com.
Public Health Association of Australia CEO Michael Moore on 0417 249 731 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Health Day, Friday April 7th, presents a timely opportunity to address the gross inadequacy of Newstart Allowance, which severely impacts the physical and mental health of the 800,000 Australians receiving the payment.
While none of Australia’s welfare payments are generous, it is alarming that Newstart, at $267 per week (roughly $13,800 per year), is over $160 per week (roughly $8,000 per year) below the poverty-line. It has not been raised in real terms since 1994. [continue reading…]
- Pouring water on fast food kids’ meals
- The inside story on Syria and eliminating chemical, nuclear, and bio weapons
- WHO guru on what globalisation means for health security
- Labia Library reveals ‘normal’ and fights genital cosmetic surgery trend
- Providing abortion by telehealth: safe and effective
- Making Melbourne a global health epicentre
- Healthy Parks for public health
- From dental health to MasterChef to Sugar Free Smiles
Thursday 6 April at the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne
Call Niall on 0417-131-977 for interviews
- Labia Library reveals ‘normal’ and fights genital cosmetic surgery trend
- Women have gained 20 years of life expectancy since 1960 but 1 Australian woman dies each week due to domestic violence—today the WHO reveals the global problem
- A smartphone app puts health advice in women’s pockets
- Economic abuse is a form of domestic violence
- Dead or Deadly: an Aboriginal women’s health that’s working
Women’s health, Thursday 6 April at the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne
1 in 3 women experiences violence from their partner
More than broken hearts says WHO’s Claudia Garcia-Moreno, head of research on violence against women at the WHO.
Worldwide, almost 1 in 3 women who have been in a relationship have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner.
Claudia García-Moreno from the World Health Organization has studied the serious consequences of domestic violence for women’s physical, sexual and reproductive, and mental health—and what can be done to address it. [continue reading…]
Media release from Public Health Association of Australia
6 April 2017
Public health discussion about the built environment often focuses on factors such as walkability, green spaces, liveability and transportation, yet overlooks the fact that most of the world’s population spends the greatest amount of their time in buildings, and that as a result the codes influencing their design, construction, operation and use are key determinants of health.
This issue will be addressed at the 15th World Congress on Public Health 2017, where over 2500 international delegates are gathered to share research, knowledge and ideas about public health, including its social determinants.
“Standards that govern design and construction regularly affect our health, security, safety, accessibility and wellbeing” said James Chauvin, former Director of Policy at the Canadian Public Health Association who sits on the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes. [continue reading…]
- Syria, chemical weapons, and industrial chemicals
- Self-driving cars will save lives
- Best of times, worst of times for Australian adolescents
- Obesity and climate—two linked global crises we’ve created
- Multi-nationals and mozzies—both great at spreading diseases
- Big bad companies blocking life-saving public health policies
More at www.wcph2017.com/media.php and @wcph2017 on Twitter.
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The World Congress on Public Health is on from 3 to 7 April at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Researchers at the World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne available for interview Wednesday, 5 April including
Media Release: Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
April 5 2017
New research* from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has revealed more than two thirds of Australians (68 per cent) are concerned about the rise in extremely hot weather and the impact it will have on health and wellbeing.
The topic of climate change and health will feature prominently at the World Congress on Public Health this week, with more than 2,000 health professionals descending on Melbourne for the World Federation of Public Health Associations event.
RACP Faculty of Public Health Medicine President-elect Associate Professor Linda Selvey, who will share the RACP research during her session this afternoon, said it was pleasing that the majority of Australians are united in viewing climate change as a significant health issue. [continue reading…]
- 6 trillion sticks sold per annum
- Killing half its users – over five million people a year
- Australia, UK, and Canada are winning the fight – we’re smoking less and pension funds are pulling their money
- Tobacco’s new ruthless tactics for blocking health policy
- Multinational companies, like mosquitoes, are vectors of disease
- What’s happening for the 800 million smokers in developing countries?
Researchers at the World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne available for interview.
Plus, Mike Daube, the man behind Australia’s plain packaging laws receives the highest honour from the World Federation of Public Health Associations—the Hugh Leavell Award for Outstanding Global Health Leadership.
Contact Niall on 0417-131-977, firstname.lastname@example.org or Tanya on 0404-083-863 for interviews
Media Release from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH)
Mothers who gain weight in the years leading up to pregnancy have an increased risk of gestational diabetes, even if their weight remains within the healthy body mass index (BMI) range.
University of Queensland School of Public Health researcher Akilew Adane said women who gained more than 2.5 per cent of their body weight each year had almost triple the risk of gestational diabetes compared to women who maintained a stable weight. [continue reading…]