Pint of Science Australia is committed to representing the diversity of science and scientists in the public arena and making science accessible for everyone.
Pint of Science Australia outlines a set of guidelines for volunteers to ensure that diversity is taken into consideration while choosing a program of speakers and talks.
Gender – the festival strives to implement positive action steps such as ensuring half the talks are presented by women. We also recognise that there are more than two genders and have processes in place to help our volunteers and MCs accurately and respectfully introduce our speakers. These steps help break down unconscious biases and stereotypes on 'who can be a scientist’.
Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders – the festival acknowledges the first peoples of this land and recognises the elders past, present and into the future. Each night we acknowledge the local country and we strive to include research speakers from the local community.
Discipline and affiliation - the festival also makes an effort to represent all the sciences (including engineering, mathematics, medicine, technology, etc.), but with a reasonable focus on the research that is strong in the local area. As the festival grows and there are more events, we expect to be able to represent more disciplines and organisations doing research.
Career stage - the festival strives to represent the range of career stages that scientists are in. We make every effort to have researchers at various stages from PhD candidates to those with decades of experience, as well as researchers who are affiliated with non-university organisations.
Pint of Science Australia is all about making science accessible. Part of that is equipping our speakers with skills in science communication, but also we address issues of accessibility to the best of our ability when selecting venues and delivering the events.
Pint of Science Australia outlines a set of guidelines for volunteers to ensure that accessibility is at the forefront of consideration when choosing venues, including the following highlights:
Location – access to public transport and travel distances for the audience. We don’t want anyone hopping behind the wheel after a drink, and long rideshares aren’t cheap, so we try to find venues near public transport hubs, as well as trying to spread them out over a city so there’s something near you. This becomes even more important if public transport is the only way you can get around.
Mobility – the idea of climbing up several flights of a staircase at the end of a workday may seem daunting, but for many of us it is just not reasonable. Wherever we can, we want to make sure that our venues have support for wheelchair or limited mobility access, including proper bathroom facilities. If we have to choose a venue that is a lacking here, we make it clear on our website so that there aren’t any nasty surprises.
Hearing – we want everyone in our community to experience and participate in the festival as much as possible. That means we favour venues that have a quieter space for a presentation and look for venues with hearing loops or directed sound systems to make it easier for those who need it. We are also establishing networks and partnerships with organisations to provide Auslan interpreters or captioning services at events to increase accessibility to the content.
There is almost always more that can be done by any organisation to increase the accessibility and diversity offerings of their services to the community. As such, we recognise that these are only the early steps that Pint of Science Australia are undertaking to ensure that we succeed at making science accessible for everyone and for representing diversity. We do commit to increasing our efforts as we establish our festival into the future for the benefit of all Australians.
We encourage any individual or organisation that are willing to engage with us to better meet these goals to start a conversation with us by getting in touch at [email protected]