Diffusion is the research support blog for the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at the Australian National University. CPAS is an academic department whose staff and students research, teach and practice science communication. While we publish our research in established academic and popular venues, this blog serves an administrative purpose of supporting research. It is the venue for posting information about completed studies for the benefit of research participants, for storing supplementary data to accompany works published elsewhere, and for making publically available research reports not published elsewhere.
Diffusion began life in 2010 as a blog about science communication in all its theoretical and practical aspects. It was mostly discontinued for this purpose once the academic blog The Conversation started up in 2011, and CPAS’s keen bloggers turned their attention there. Diffusion posts from 2010-2013 are still available as an archive.