As Australia debates the appalling state of the interest in science, mathematics and technology careers, and the looming fallout for industry and the Australian economy, Sydney based Cosmos Magazine is celebrating its hugely successful intern program.

“Our 60th intern has just completed the program which aims to train as many journalists and communicators as we can – the need has never been more great,” Kylie Ahern, CEO said.

“We are receiving applications from all over the globe as the sort of program we run here is so rare.

“It’s fully booked out now until mid 2014.

“As we are an organisation that prepares material for schools with 70% of Australian schools subscribing to our teachers notes and Universities all over the country turning to us to assist with career guides and the like, we are seeing firsthand the problems that face us as a country unless we all work to improve the understanding of, training in, and engagement in science,” she said.

“Perversely there has never been a time in human history where society as a whole needs to be scientifically and technologically literate,” Ms Ahern said.

Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb told the Science Industry Association CEO dinner in August noted that “…it is no secret that the channels of communication between science and industry are not all that we’d like them to be.”

He added “…our real problem in Australia – and we are not alone – is that we don’t get right, or get right on the right scale, the means by which the people who create knowledge engage easily with the people who will use it.”

 Cosmos is internationally respected for its elegant writing, excellence in design and engaging breadth of content, and has been entirely re-imagined for the iPad, with interactive infographics, interviews, image galleries, video and more.

“Our interns don’t just look at science journalism in its purest sense, they get to work on our educational publications, specialist guides and of course our digital offerings, including our highly rated new iPad app,” Wilson da Silva, COSMOS Editor-in-Chief said.

“Stimulating readers with science has never been more important and our interns move off into the world with a keen sense of what works in scicne journsliam and how to bridge this apparent divide between science and the public,” he said.

“With continued growth and take-up of the app we’ll have the audience and therefore the ability to create an even bigger portfolio of targeted products and increase our ability to train the science communicators of the future,” she said.

Cosmos has won over 49 awards since it commenced publishing.

Media Contact: Andrew Bradley Ph: 0403 777 137 E: andrew@holdfastcommunications.com.au

About COSMOS

COSMOS is a literary science magazine with a global following. Australia’s #1 science media brand, it reaches 500,000 people every month via a print magazine, a daily online news website and a weekly e-newsletter and now the iPad app. COSMOS Teacher’s Notes reach 70% of Australian high schools, and they produce a wide range of quality editorial products (such as websites, booklets, posters and DVDs) for a range of clients.

COSMOS is backed by an Editorial Advisory Board that includes Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, ABC Radio’s Robyn Williams, and is chaired by

Dr Alan Finkel, the neuroscientist and philanthropist who is the Chancellor of Monash University in Melbourne.