New Scientist Prize for Science Writing


SciSoc is pleased to unveil a shiny new competition we’ve created in collaboration with NewScientist! If you like science and want a shot at sharing in $2,500 of cash prizes and being published on, read on.

Science is everywhere in our society, powering technological innovation and helping us understand the universe. But many people find it too complex to really grasp. Good writing about science can change that, bringing it to life and letting the public share in the sense of wonder that scientists experience in their work. The inaugural New Scientist Prize for Science Writing is encouraging Australian students to write up to 1000 words about a scientific issue. You could explore your own research or that of an academic here at Sydney, or unleash a fiery opinion piece about the controversial place of science in modern society.

So what’s in it for you? 1st prize wins $1,500 cash and will be published on 2nd prize is $750 and 3rd is $250; all three winners will also land a one-year subscription to New Scientist magazine. Entries are open from August 14 until September 24.

Interested? Everything you need to know is online at Good luck, and happy writing!


Making Sense of Death

Confirmed Panel Members:
Robert Hannah (3rd year student – mathematics and physics)
Iggy Ridley-Smith (3rd year student – mathematics and physics)
Iain Hart (7th year student – mathematics, music and French)

We are looking for more panel members and we would love to make a spot of time for you to voice yourself! Please email with your full name, year, majors and one paragraph describing your position.

The “Making Sense of …” forum series is back by popular demand! This is a series of students forums to discuss and share how we, as budding scientists, make sense of everything around us with or without religious influences, and why some see contradiction while others see complement between science and religion.

This time, we’re going to put our heads together again to tackle a even tougher issue: “Making Sense of Death”. Death is not something we generally want to think or talk about, but if it is really the end, the finish line and the inevitable then avoidance is not only silly but futile.

To explore these questions, SciSoc and EUScience jointly invite you to discuss your ideas about death and the (non)existence of the after-life with a panel fellow science students. Come along and hear their experiences, ask them questions and share your own ideas!

When 1:00pm-2:00pm, Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Where Chemistry Lecture Theatre 2