is an entirely student-run online science journal, indeed,
it is Australia’s first such journal. It joins highly
touted online science journals run by students of America’s
ivy league universities.
the student staff at OnSET, have a mission to communicate
science in an interesting and fun way to high school and
undergraduate students, whether they have a scientific
background or not. We aim to discuss current research
(especially research conducted at UNSW) and history of
science, as well as topical issues such as medical ethics.
this process, we hope to help UNSW students develop their
written communication and management skills by writing,
editing, running and marketing the journal. These skills
are invaluable in the competitive world of both research
and commercial science.
UNSW Science Faculty believes that these skills are important
enough to merit awarding academic credit for involvement
in OnSET. For more information, see:
Handbook: SCOM2505 Science Communication Project A
Courses in Science Communication (and scroll down)
the SCOM Program director, Will Rifkin at firstname.lastname@example.org
was the brainchild Dr Kathy Takayama (Immunology), who
persuaded Dr Will Rifkin (Science Communication) to take
on day-to-day advising of the undertaking. Initial work
on the journal was begun in 2001 with students compiling
a 30-page feasibility study based on examination of other
student-run journals. In 2002, drafts of articles were
collected, and editorial processes were established. The
first issue of OnSET saw the light of day in July 2003,
in time for National Science Week.
an entirely student-run production, OnSET can offer a
number of different positions, including writing, editing,
marketing, graphic design, and web design. OnSET is a
great way to meet fellow students who enjoy science communication
in both a collaborative and social setting.
Download the Blue
Banana promotional postcard (PDF)
Read about OnSET's plans for CASOC
word from our sponsors...
thanks the following groups for their generous support:
UNSW U Committee
U Committee is a group of friends of the University, including
staff, spouses of staff, and any others who wish to contribute
to the University. Since its inception in 1963, this charity
has raised over $2,000,000 for many projects and activities
on campus that otherwise may not have been funded.
of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education)
Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education and Quality
Improvement) oversees learning and teaching at UNSW. It
is responsible for for ensuring that UNSW provides a stimulating,
intellectually challenging and satisfying educational
experience for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework
Faculty of Science and the Science
Communication Program provide financial and logistical
support to students working for OnSET. OnSET staff are
also grateful for the ongoing advice provided by Dr
Will Rifkin, Director of the Science Communication
Program, and to staff in the Science@UNSW
office for marketing assistance.
of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
expresses its thanks to Dr Kathy Takayama for her vision
and assistance with funding, and to BABS and Science Faculty
Imaging Unit staff for Web Support.