Lecturer, Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, ANU
Policy Analyst, Women in STEM Decadal Plan, Australian Academy of Science
Merryn McKinnon started out as a marine scientist, but she soon realised that talking to people about her science could do a lot more for conservation than her project would. She is now a lecturer and researcher in science communication at the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University. Her teaching and research focuses on helping the scientists, public health workers and policy makers of tomorrow to communicate clearly and with influence, and identify ways of creating meaningful public engagement.
Merryn believes diversity of disciplines and ideas is important in a society, but only if they are given equal visibility and voice. She is currently working with the Australian Academy of Science to develop the Women in STEM Decadal Plan. Her work aims to contribute tangible mechanisms to allow that diversity to flourish.