New owner for Cosmos

Australia’s premier popular science magazine has a new home.

Cosmos, including the quarterly Cosmos Magazine, digital science news service, and the education unit of the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) and Scinema is to be taken over by the editorially independent publishing arm of Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO.

Cosmos has played an important role in science journalism in the past two decades, winning numerous design and writing awards.

Now CSIRO Publishing will immediately take control of the masthead and education section. CSIRO Publishing has a charter of editorial independence which will also apply to Cosmos content.

The national science agency’s publishing arm produces science books, 28 peer-reviewed scientific journals and the long-running Double Helix science magazine for kids.

The plan is to identify a long-term sustainable business model that maximises the impact of the publication, making science accessible for the Australian public.

Cosmos was first published in 2005 and moved to RiAus in 2018.

The Cosmos newsroom will continue to be based in Adelaide with a reporter in Melbourne. The magazine is printed in Adelaide.

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