Science magazine Cosmos finds a new home

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) will take custodianship of Cosmos magazine.

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) will take custodianship of Cosmos magazine.

The quarterly publication joins RiAus’s expanding science outreach and educational activities: Australia’s Science Channel, SCINEMA International Science Film Festival, Ultimate Careers for students, and the teacher resource focused Education Platform.

With the addition of Cosmos into its activities, The Royal Institution of Australia will have an audience of more than 750,000 on websites, 600,000+ on social platforms, and a print readership in excess of 80,000.

Cosmos editor-in-chief Elizabeth Finkel said: “When we looked to find a new home for Cosmos, The Royal Institution of Australia was the natural choice. We share the same values around accurate and accessible science reporting, journalistic excellence, and passing on this craft to the up and coming generation of science journalists. As Australia’s only charity solely dedicated to communicating science, the Royal Institution also has the critical mass and funding structure to offer a sustainable model for quality science journalism into the future.

“We thank our readers and contributors from around the world, and we look forward to seeing Cosmos continue its mission to tell the great stories from the frontier.”

Peter Yates, chairman of The Royal Institution of Australia, said: “To add one of Australia’s most respected publications in Cosmos magazine to our activities is an exciting prospect for The Royal Institution of Australia. As a publication with such history and standing in both the general and scientific communities, Cosmos magazine will allow us to significantly broaden our reach of audience in pursuit of our mission to promote public awareness and understanding of all things science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to the Australian community.”

The official handover date of Cosmos magazine to The Royal Institution of Australia is September 1.

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