My Melbourne with Andi Horvath

February 14 / 129

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Welcome to My Melbourne. We’re here with Dr Andi Horvath.

What’s your official title?

My official title is Media Liaison Officer, Science Communications. This means I look after the Faculty of Science, Veterinary Science and the Melbourne School of Land and Environment. My job is to get their research stories in print, online and on air. 

How long have you worked here?

I’ve only been doing this particular job for about six months, however the first time I was employed at University was in 1985, I was employed as a physiology and biology tutor, and I was also a residential tutor at International House - it was the first year of my PhD.

What does a typical day look like for you? 

a typical day involves writing media releases, translating the science in readiness for the public, answering the phone and dealing with journalists to find them an expert in a particular field, it means having conversations in the office about what social media strategy we might do for a story, so it’s pretty mixed. My favourite part though is interviewing scientists. 

What is your favourite thing about working here?

It has to be interviewing scientists. I love interviewing them, I love finding out why their research matters, and how it fits into the big picture of research and culture, because a lot of research has an impact of the environment, on policy, on society, so finding out where that research is going is my favourite part. 

Do you have a favourite coffee place on campus? 

I do, I really love the Iced Coffees at Standing Room, at the Student Union, and also the Salted Caramel Milkshake. 

What’s a good piece of advice you’ve received?

I think that scientists are sometimes reticent about putting their research into the media, but my advice is, go ahead and do it, because the ripple factor is very interesting. There’s actually research that shows by putting your research into the public media, it actually has a positive impact on the research and how many citations is receives, and all sorts of people who you may not know were interested in the research are now interested. So basically, doing media is good for your career.  

What’s something your colleagues might not know about you?

They might not know I’m an accomplished Tap Dancer and a reasonable Ballroom Dancer, I play the ukulele and I speak fluent Hungarian.

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