- Aidan Byrne, CEO of the Australian Research Council.
- Adrian King, independent animation / visual-fx producer & artist.
- Alex Jurkiewicz, ASC webmaster.
- Alison Leigh, Editorial Director of the World Congress of Science and Factual (TV) Producers.
- Allan Dale, CEO of the Far North Queensland Regional Development Australia Board and Associate Professor with the Cairns Institute at James Cook University.
- Alvin Stone, Media and Communications Manager for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science.
- Anna-Maria Arabia, Director of Policy for the Hon Bill Shorten, Leader of the Federal Opposition. She was until recently the General Manager at Questacon, a position which included overseeing the Inspiring Australia initiative.
- Anne Brant, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Teacher in residence at Queensland University of Technology’s(QUT) Garden’s Point Campus.
- Bernie Hobbs, Award-winning science writer and broadcaster with ABC Science Online.
- Bianca Nogrady, science writer and broadcaster with ABC Science Online.
- Bridie Smith, Science Editor at The Age.
- Brogan Micallef, Communications Officer for the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI), based at The University of Western Australia.
- Bronwyn Terrill, science communicator, educator and writer at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
- Carly Siebentritt, Inspiring Australia project officer for Victoria.
- Carrie Bengston, Communication Manager for CSIRO Computational Informatics,
- Cathy Foley, Chief of CSIRO’s Division of Materials Science and Engineering
- Cathy Reade, Science Communicator
- Christine Ross, New Zealand based communications professional.
- Christine Schneyer, Project Manager for the Little Scientists Initiative.
- Christopher Yardley, Science Communicator
- Claire Harris, Science Communicator specialising in agriculture, environment and natural resource management science and technology.
- Clive Morris, Head of Strategic Policy Group at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
- Corey Watts, Manager of science and miscellaneous policy projects at the Climate Institute.
- Corinna Lange, CEO of Pear Communication.
- Craig Cormick, Manager of CSIRO’s Science Education Centre network.
- Damian Harris, founding Director of Scinema International Film Festival.
- Danielle Lloyd-Prichard, Research Associate at the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment at The University of Newcastle.
- David Keane, Program Convenor at Griffith University, QCA South Bank Campus for the Master of Digital Design and Hons.
- David Ritter, Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia Pacific.
- David Shaw, maths communicator and artist.
- Dervise Halil, Science Engagement Specialist at foresight agency Bridge 8.
- Dorean Erhart, Principal Advisor at the Local Government Association of Queensland with responsibility for the Natural Assets, Natural Resource Management and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation portfolios.
- Drew Berry, biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.
- Eleanor Gates-Stuart, Science Art Fellow at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
- Elizabeth Finkel, Editor in Chief at Cosmos magazine.
- Eve Merton, Research Programs Associate in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at La Trobe University.
- Fabiana Kubke, Senior Lecturer at the School of Medical Sciences, University of Auckland.
- Fabien Medvecky, Research Fellow in the Science Communication Program at UQ.
- Fiona McNee, over 18 years experience in providing business strategy, development and communication advice to clients from both public and private sectors.
- Gabriele Bammer, professor at The Australian National University and is developing the new discipline of Integration and Implementation Sciences.
- Gary Ellem, Future Industries Program Manager at the Tom Farrell Institute, University of Newcastle.
- Gay Hawkins, Director of the Centre for Critical Cultural Studies at The University of Queensland.
- Geoff Brooke, Founder of GBS Ventures in 1996. Geoff has more than 20 years’ venture capital experience.
- Geoff Garrett, Queensland Chief Scientist
- Graham Readfearn, Independent journalist and commentator specialising in climate change, environment and climate science denial.
- Heather Bray, science communicator and researcher in agriculture and food at the University of Adelaide.
- Heinz Buettikofer, Cartographer with 30 years experience in designing and producing maps that elegantly illustrate results of research in land and water.
- Hilary Hamnett, Forensic Toxicologist.
- Ian Lowe, emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University and President of the Australian Conservation Foundation.
- Ian McDonald, Research Communications Officer for Alzheimer’s Australia and also the President of the ACT branch of the Australian Science Communicators.
- Ian Townsend, journalist with the ABC and producer of radio documentaries for Radio National’s Background Briefing program.
- Jackie Randles, media relations and public affairs. Manager, Inspiring Australia (NSW).
- Jacqui McGill, Asset President of BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal (BMC) where she is responsible for the performance of an entire division of BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal business within BHP Billiton.
- Jaelle Bajada, National Communications Manager for the National Carbon Capture and Storage Council.
- Jake Sturmer, ABC News science and technology correspondent.
- Janet Salisbury, Founder and Director of Biotext.
- Jasmine Leong, Editor of CSIRO’s youth science magazines, The Helix and Scientriffic.
- Jason Prior, Research Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney.
- Jayne Fenton Keane, Manager of Queensland’s Inspiring Australia Program and is based at the Queensland Museum.
- Jean Fleming, Associate Dean of Science Outreach at University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ.
- Jean Fletcher, research officer at the University of Western Australia on complementary research looking at impact of the program on student participants.
- Jean Palutikof, Director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility at Griffith University.
- Jenni Metcalfe, Director of Econnect Communication. Lecturer of science journalism at the University of Queensland.
- Jennifer Manyweathers, practicing veterinarian with a passion for virology and how science is talked about in disease outbreaks.
- Jess Tyler, SciBiz Media & Communications
- Jo Elliott, researching the evaluation of the impact of science communication and engagement.
- Joan Leach, Associate Professor, convenor of the Science Communication Program at the University of Queensland and lecturer in communication and rhetoric in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History.
- Joanna Hicks, Knowledge Manager at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
- John Cook, Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.
- John Gardner, Social psychologist in CSIRO’s Ecosystem Sciences Division, working in the areas of environmental behaviour, climate change mitigation and climate adaptation.
- Julia Martin, Researcher and author of the recent Inspiring Australia report, “Inspiring Industry to Inspire Australia: Business and Science Outreach, and The humanities, arts and social sciences and public science engagement in Australia” (www.chass.org.au/papers).
- Kali Madden, ASC Executive Officer
- Kate Patterson, visual science communicator at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
- Keely Quinn, Inspiring Australia Officer and works with Engineers Australia NT division.
- Kirsten Gottschalk, Outreach and Education Officer, The International centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Perth.
- Kohei Ishigami, recently finished his Master of Science Communication degree at the University of Western Australia. His research focused on the effectiveness of stories in science education.
- Kurt Heidecker, Inaugural CEO of the Gladstone Industry Leadership Group.
- Kylie Walker, Director Communications and Outreach at the Australian Academy of Science.
- Leigh Dayton, an award-winning writer and broadcaster, specialising in the impact of science, technology, environment and medicine on news and current events.
- Léonie Rennie, Emeritus Professor at Science and Mathematics Education Centre, Curtin University.
- Liam Smith, Director of BehaviourWorks Australia at the Monash Sustainability Institute, Monash University.
- Liese Coulter, PhD Candidate at Griffith University researching personal stories of resilience,
- Lilly Lim-Camacho, scientist with the CSIRO’s Science into Society Group.
- Lloyd Godson, Ultramarathon running aquanaut and adventurer.
- Luke Menzies, PhD researcher currently researching the communication of complex environmental problems at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU.
- Lyndal Byford, Media Manager at the Australian Science Media Centre.
- Lynne Malcolm, Executive Producer of Radio National’s Science Unit, a position she has held for 15 years.
- Maia Sauren works for ThoughtWorks, a software consultancy, and moonlights as an ambassador for the Open Knowledge Foundation, a not for profit organisation dedicated to promoting open data and content.
- Malini Devadas, Training Manager for Biotext, running training courses and workshops in writing, editing and publishing.
- Maria Barrett, Equity School Program Coordinator.
- Mark Hahnel, Founder of Figshare.
- Mary Rosengren, Visual Artics, Lecturer in Visual Art at La Trobe University and is an Adjunct Research Associate with Institute for Land Water and Society (ILWS), Charles Sturt University.
- Maryam Ahmad, Editor with 5 years experience in editing and coordinating scientific reports in natural resource management, geology, hydrology and ecology.
- Matthew Cawood, science and environment writer for Fairfax Agricultural Media
- Maureen Burns, head of the Media Studies program at the University of Queensland
- Mel Kettle, communications and social media consultant, speaker, blogger, educator, coach, bookworm, obsessive foodie and eatie, a budding photographer, and studying a Masters of Public Health.
- Melanie McKenzie, PhD candidate at The University of Queensland, freelance science communication consultant, and workshop presenter for Econnect Communication.
- Merryn McKinnon, Research Associate at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at the Australian National University (ANU) where she lectures in science and the media.
- Michael Mills, writer, director, producer and performer.
- Mike McRae, Deputy Editor for the CSIRO Publishing’s children’s science magazines.
- Miriam Sullivan, teaches presentation and media skills at the University of Western Australia.
- Misty Jenkins, Medical research scientist currently working as an NHMRC/RG Menzies Biomedical Fellow at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, in Melbourne.
- Muza Gondwe, science communication PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia, investigating young people’s perceptions of Indigenous knowledge and scientific knowledge and the connections and overlap between them.
- Nancy Longnecker, Professor of Science Communication in University of Western Australia’s School of Animal Biology.
- Natasha Mitchell, multi-award winning journalist and broadcaster. She hosts the national, daily morning show, ‘Life Matters’, on ABC Radio National, and is co-editor of ‘The Best Australian Science Writing 2013′.
- Niall Byrne, science writer and publicist with Science in Public in Melbourne.
- Nigel Mitchell, Manager of Online Professional Learning for the Australian Science Teachers Association.
- Pahia Cooper, Online Communication Strategist at the Global Change Institute, University of Queensland.
- Paul Willis, Director of RiAus and a former ABC TV science presenter on shows including Quantum and Catalyst.
- Pete Wheeler, Manager of Outreach & Education for the International Centre fore Radio Astronomy Research in Perth, Master of theSkyNet Universe and ASC Treasurer.
- Philip Roetman, Research Fellow at the University of South Australia’s Barbara Hardy Institute.
- Pia Waugh, open government and open data ninja, working within the machine to enable greater transparency, democratic engagement, citizen-centric design and real, pragmatic actual innovation in the public sector and beyond.
- Renee Beale, Manager of the public education program for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology, and the Insight Radical art/science project.
- Renee Sizer, Science communicator – journalism graduate majoring in broadcast news and politics.
- Richard Jefferson, molecular biologist, agricultural scientist and innovation systems strategist, and the leading exponent of ‘Innovation Cartography’. He is the founder and CEO of Cambia, a Professor of Science, Technology and Law at the Queensland University of Technology and Rogue at National ICT Australia, where he is the Director of The Lens.
- Rod Lamberts, Deputy Director of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at the Australian National University.
- Sarah Cole, science writer and editor at Econnect Communication.
- Sarah Keenihan, freelance science writer based in Adelaide, South Australia.
- Sarah Lau, Science Communicator extraordinaire and Communication Manager at ChemCentre in Perth.
- Shawn Callahan, Founding Director of Anecdote Pty Ltd (a company with a focus on helping organisations and leaders tap into the power of stories).
- Shilo Mcclean, author, consultant and editor.
- Signe Cane, editor and science-art curator of Wonder, a website dedicated to rational appreciation of the natural world.
- Simon Carroll, Director of Science Partnerships at Scitech in Perth, Western Australia.
- Simon France, oversees the management and direction of Inspiring Australia.
- Simon Torok, manages a team of science communicators at CSIRO working in the field of Marine and Atmospheric Research.
- Siouxie Wiles, heads the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland.
- Stefan Kaufman, leads social research for EPA Victoria and holds an adjunct appointment with Behaviour Works at Monash University.
- Steve Ting, Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago.
- Sue Stocklmayer, Director of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.
- Susan Rooney-Harding, Creative Director and Multimedia Producer of Inspireevery1 Production.
- Susannah Eliott, CEO of the Australian Science Media Centre.
- Suzanne Long, Executive Knowledge Broker for the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN, www.tern.org.au), and is a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust.
- Suzanne Miller, CEO and Director of the Queensland Museum Network.
- Tamzin Byrne, writer for Science in Public.
- Terry Burns, professional science communicator from the University of Newcastle. Director of the award-winning Science and Engineering Challenge and founder of the popular SMART science communication program,
- Tim Dean, science writer and philosopher. Pasteditor of COSMOS magazine and Australian Life Scientist, and currently completing a PhD in philosophy on the evolution of our moral psychology and its impact on moral diversity.
- Tim Flannery, Councillor with the Climate Council.
- Tom Gordon, Science Communicator.
- Toss Gascoigne, inaugural President of the Scientific Committee of the Network for the Public Communication of Science and Technology. Past-President and Life Member of Australian Science Communicators (ASC), an organisation he helped found in 1994. Director of Toss Gascoigne & Associates
- Tsuey Cham,Communication Advisor for GISERA, the Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance.
- Upulie Divisekera, a molecular biologist who communicates science through written articles for outlets like Crikey, social media, radio and performance.
- Vanessa Hill, communications professional with expertise in social media, online strategy and community engagement.
- Vicki Martin, PhD Candidate in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering at Southern Cross University. Her research topic is the communication of marine science to the wider community, with a particular focus on using social science to improve the effectiveness of communication strategies.
- Warwick Anderson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NHMRC, Australia’s major governmental funding body for health and medical research.
- Wesley Ward, media officer with Charles Sturt University, based in Albury-Wodonga, as well as completing a PhD with CSU’s Faculty of Science.
- Will Grant, writer / talker / researcher / thinker at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU.
- William Palmer, formersenior lecturer in science education in the Faculty of Education, Health and Science at Charles Darwin University from 1989 until February 2007 when he retired after nearly fifty years of service to education.
- Yvonne Van Der Ploeg, Director of BioLAB: The Victorian BioScience Education Centre BioLAB is a Victorian educational resource and aims to engage and inspire the next generation in science using innovative technologies and techniques.
Prof Ian Lowe
Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Griffith University
Dr Susannah Eliott
CEO at Australian Science Media Centre
Dr Geoff Garrett AO
Queensland Chief Scientist
Prof Léonie Rennie
Emeritus Professor at Science and Mathematics Education Centre, Curtin University
Journalist and Broadcaster, ABC
Biomedical Animator at Walter Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Ultramarathon running aquanaut and adventurer
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