This is the online portfolio of me – Cobi Smith. I’m pictured on the right, in work mode. There are photos of me doing all kinds of things in different places here.
In 2013 I’m working as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development with the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), based in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. I’m working within AIPP’s research and communication development team supporting their environment, gender, human rights and capacity building programs.
I’m also completing a PhD with the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. I’ve been doing my PhD part-time while working since I started it originally as an MPhil when I returned to Australia from Cambridge. I’m due to graduate (become a Doctor!?) in 2014.
I’ve also recently started dabbling in comedy and improvisational theatre, vague information about which is at Time to Krill.
I’ve lived on five continents, specifically in the countries Australia, Canada, Chile, England, Italy and Thailand. Officially I’m an Australian citizen, but philosophically I consider myself a citizen of the world.
Once upon a time I was a journalist, then editor, producer, researcher… now I embrace being all of those things to varying degrees on different projects. Concise Science was the name of my UK business when I was based there, and is the name through which I do freelance/consulting work in Australia.
Most of my work is in science, technology, environment, health and development. I do presenting, facilitating, producing, writing, editing, translating and research work. However until I’ve finished my PhD I’m trying not to take on any more projects… unless they’re really interesting, or pay very well.
If you want to tell me about an interesting project you’d like me to get involved with, please email me with some details about you, the project and your budget at:
cobi @ concisescience . com (remove the spaces – they supposedly reduce spam).
If you want to ask me about my research, then email me at:
cobi . smith @ anu . edu . au
alternatively, you can write a comment on the bottom of this page and I’ll get back to you. It won’t appear on the site.
Transparency is important to me; I’m becoming something of an open activist. In the interests of transparency, here are lists of organizations and causes I’ve been involved with. They’re roughly divided into whether money or in-kind support have flowed from them to me, or from me to them. But there’s (inevitably?) some overlap. If you’re involved with an organisation that I’ve overlooked, do send me an email to remind me and I can add it to the list.
My work has been supported by these organisations:
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics
- Australian Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
- Australian National University
- Australian Research Council
- Cambridge Media Group
- Community Broadcasting Association of Australia
- East of England Development Agency
- Eco Voice
- Enterprising Women
- European Social Fund
- Grains Research and Development Corporation
- Independence Educational Publishing
- Law Society of South Australia
- Radio Adelaide
- Royal Institution of Australia
- Science and Development Network
- South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
- South Australian Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology
- University of Adelaide
- University of Cambridge
- University of South Australia
- Wellcome Trust
- Wikimedia Australia
I have supported or been involved with the following organisations:
- Ada Initiative
- Adelaide Fringe Festival
- Association of British Science Writers
- Australian International Documentary Conference
- Australasian Evaluation Society
- Australian Science Communicators
- Cambridge Association for Women in Science and Engineering
- Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
- Documentary Filmmakers Group
- Engineers Without Borders
- Garden Africa
- Hackerspace Adelaide
- Hub Melbourne
- International Association for Public Participation
- Medecins Sans Frontieres
- Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance
- Media Trust
- OzHarvest Food Rescue
- Peace Child International
- Science Rewired
- South Australian Museum
- The Reading Room
- Tuxedo Cat
- World Congress of Science and Factual Producers