Scientists in Schools

Scientists in Schools email list

About the list

The Scientists in Schools email list is a way to share information, ideas and resources. It’s a powerful way to connect the expertise of scientists and teachers across Australia.

Anyone who is part of an active Scientists in Schools partnership can join the list. Once you’ve joined, you can send an email to everyone on the list, and you can read emails that others send to the list.

Using the list, you might like to:

  • ask for ideas about presenting a topic in a classroom
  • ask for help to answer a science question posed by a student
  • tell others about an activity that worked particularly well (or one that didn’t!)
  • tell others about resources that you’ve found useful
  • make contact with other Scientists in Schools participants in your area
  • answer questions that others send to the list.

The success of the list depends on your involvement. Scientists in Schools staff keep an eye on the list, but most of the contributions come from participants like you.

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Privacy and security

Only registered Scientists in Schools participants who are in an active partnership will be able to join the email list. Some other approved 'friends' of Scientists in Schools (such as Education Department representatives) will be given special permission to read list emails, but won't be allowed to send emails to the list.

Emails that are sent to the list won’t be checked by staff before they are sent to list members, so please be aware of privacy issues:

  • don’t include other people’s contact details
  • don’t send inflammatory, libellous, rude or offensive material to the list
  • be aware that information you send to the list will be read by hundreds of people around Australia.

The details you use to join the list will remain private, but if you include your contact details in the subject line or body of an email, they will be seen by all the list members.

If you choose ‘reply to all’ from a list email, your reply will be sent to the whole list, so be careful!

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How to join the list

If you are registered with Scientists in Schools and in an active partnership, fill out the form below. You will receive a welcome email from the list within two business days. The welcome email will include a password that you will need if you want to change the way your list membership works.

Once you receive the welcome email, you can send emails to the list and will start receiving emails from the list.

A note about your email address:
Emails from the list will be sent to the email address you provide in this form. Also (importantly), if you want to send an email to the list, you must send the email from the address you provide in this form. If you send an email to the list from another address, it will be rejected.

You can change your email address at any time by emailing the Scientists in Schools staff or by visiting the list webpage [external link].

Please add me to the Scientists in Schools email list:
* First name
* Surname
* Teacher or scientist Teacher    Scientist    Other
* School or organisation name
* Email
* Terms & conditions
I have read and accepted the terms & conditions in the legal notice New Window.

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How to leave the list

If you no longer want to be part of the Scientists in Schools email list, just contact the Scientists in Schools staff and we will take you off the list. Alternatively, visit the list webpage [external link], sign in and choose 'unsubscribe'.

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Changing your list membership details

Most people will be happy to use the list as it is. However, there are many ways you can ‘tweak’ your list membership if you are interested. To do this, you can use the list webpage [external link]. You will need to enter your email address (the one that list emails are sent to) and your password (sent in your welcome email).

For more detailed information about personalising your list membership, download the user manual (PDF, 157KB).

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How to send an email to the list

Sending an email to the list is the same as sending an email to anyone else, except that it will be sent to all the list members. There are a few important points:

  • Remember that anything you include in the subject or body of the email will be seen by hundreds of scientists and teachers across Australia, so write carefully!
  • Don’t include attachments. If you have a file or document that you’d like others to use, send an email to the list describing the resource and ask people to contact you for a copy.
  • If your email will only be of interest to some list members (for example, teachers in Queensland), it is helpful to note this in the subject of your email. In this example, you could say [Queensland teachers only]. This way everyone else knows they can safely ignore your message.
  • When you’re ready, send your email to the list address -
  • You must send it from the email address where you receive list emails.

Your email should be sent to all the list members within a few minutes.

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Replying to emails from the list

There are two options to reply to an email from the list:

  1. ‘Reply’ will send your message to the author of the email only
  2. ‘Reply to all’ will send your message to the author and to the whole list.

Choose carefully!

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Occasionally, the Scientists in Schools staff will select some particularly useful emails or discussions from the email list and add them to the Scientists in Schools website so they are available for others to use.

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Keeping your inbox tidy

If the email list gets busy, you might receive many emails in a day. If you are using Microsoft Outlook, you can set up a rule to tell Outlook to move all the emails from the list to a particular folder.

  1. Find the ‘rules wizard’ in the ‘tools’ menu in Outlook, then choose ‘new’ and ‘move new messages from someone’.
  2. Click on the ‘people or distribution list’ link, and enter
  3. Click on the ‘specified’ link, and select a folder to store your emails in (create a new folder if you need to)
  4. Click ‘next’ three times, then ‘finish’.

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Problems? More questions?

If you’d like help with the email list, or would like more details, please contact the Scientists in Schools team.

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