The Royal Institution of Australia to take over Cosmos Magazine

Mumbrella | 26 July 2018


Cosmos ownership will change over from September 1, 2018

Cosmos magazine will be published by charity The Royal Institution of Australia, after five years under the ownership of two Melbourne scientists.


The title, which was co-founded by Kylie Ahern and Wilson da Silva, was sold to Australia’s chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel and Dr Elizabeth Finkel in 2013.


Cosmos will operate under the ownership of the Royal Institution of Australia from September 1, with the Finkels to move away from the time. A new editor and other staff changes are yet to be announced.

Under the new agreement, The Royal Institute of Australia will add Cosmos magazine to its existing network, namely Australia’s Science Channel, SCINEMA International Science Film Festival, Ultimate Careers for students and its education platform for teachers.


Editor-in-chief of Cosmos , Elizabeth Finkel said The Royal Institute of Australia was the “natural” choice for the quarterly, which has been running for more than 15 years.


“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,” said Finkel.


Peter Yates, chairman of The Royal Institution of Australia, said the addition of the title was an exciting prospect for the organisation.


“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 STEM to the Australian community,” Yates said.

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