Engaging rural Australian communities in national science week helps increase visibility for women researchers

Hardy, Margaret C., Desselle, Mathilde R., the 2016 Catch a Rising Star Consortium, Allen, Jennifer, Andrews, Katherine T., Barrington, Dani J., Borg, Danielle, Butler, Kaylene, Colvin, Rebecca, Cooper, Tarni Louisa, Furlong, Emily, Hugo, Honor, Johnston, Elecia, Iacona, Gwenllian, Kenkel, Carly, Kuempel, Caitlin, Khosla, Amie, Langbecker, Danette, Liddle, Jacki, Lucia, Diana, Lussini, Vanessa, Nazareth, Lynn, Peel, Alison, Saunders, Megan, Smith, Meaghan and Velasquez, Johana Tello (2017) Engaging rural Australian communities in national science week helps increase visibility for women researchers. Royal Society Open Science, 4 10: 170548. doi:10.1098/rsos.170548

Author Hardy, Margaret C.
Desselle, Mathilde R.
the 2016 Catch a Rising Star Consortium
Allen, Jennifer
Andrews, Katherine T.
Barrington, Dani J.
Borg, Danielle
Butler, Kaylene
Colvin, Rebecca
Cooper, Tarni Louisa
Furlong, Emily
Hugo, Honor
Johnston, Elecia
Iacona, Gwenllian
Kenkel, Carly
Kuempel, Caitlin
Khosla, Amie
Langbecker, Danette
Liddle, Jacki
Lucia, Diana
Lussini, Vanessa
Nazareth, Lynn
Peel, Alison
Saunders, Megan
Smith, Meaghan
Velasquez, Johana Tello
Title Engaging rural Australian communities in national science week helps increase visibility for women researchers
Journal name Royal Society Open Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2054-5703
Publication date 2017-10-18
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1098/rsos.170548
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 4
Issue 10
Start page 170548
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Royal Society Publishing
Language eng
Subject 1000 General
Abstract During a week-long celebration of science, run under the federally supported National Science Week umbrella, the Catch a Rising Star: women in Queensland research (CaRS) programme flew scientists who identify as women to nine regional and remote communities in the Australian State of Queensland. The aim of the project was twofold: first, to bring science to remote and regional communities in a large, economically diverse state; and second, to determine whether media and public engagement provides career advancement opportunities for women scientists. This paper focuses on the latter goal. The data show: (i) a substantial majority (greater than 80%) of researchers thought the training and experience provided by the programme would help develop her career as a research scientist in the future, (ii) the majority (65%) thought the programme would help relate her research to end users, industry partners or stakeholders in the future, and (iii) analytics can help create a compelling narrative around engagement metrics and help to quantify influence. During the week-long project, scientists reached 600 000 impressions on one social media platform (Twitter) using a program hashtag. The breadth and depth of the project outcomes indicate funding bodies and employers could use similar data as an informative source of metrics to support hiring and promotion decisions. Although this project focused on researchers who identify as women, the lessons learned are applicable to researchers representing a diverse range of backgrounds. Future surveys will help determine whether the CaRS programme provided long-term career advantages to participating scientists and communities.
Keyword Altmetrics
Career advancement
Career development
Social media
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID NSWGA-97
Institutional Status UQ

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