Formed in 1996, CPAS was the first science communication centre in Australia. Its mission is to encourage a confident democratic ownership of modern science nationally and internationally by increasing science awareness in the community, fostering public dialogue about science, and improving the communication skills of scientists. We take science communication research, teaching, and practice to mean not just communication of scientific findings (‘done science’) but capacity-building across the science, innovation, and policy ecosystem to facilitate democratic engagement around research and its institutions, impacts, and futures (‘science in the making’).


Sujatha Raman was previously University of Nottingham (UK) lead in VIRI and Director (2016-18) of the Leverhulme ‘Making Science Public: Challenges and Opportunities’ Research Programme (deputy director, 2012-16). She works on a range of nodes around responsible innovation including diversifying notions of novelty and integrating social science perspectives within transdisciplinary challenge-led research and policy (most recently published in 2018 in the Journal of Environmental Science and Policy, and Sociologia Ruralis; PI, ESRC Nexus Network Research Partnership award, 2017). She reviews for the Journal of Responsible Innovation. At the ANU, Raman represents CPAS on the College of Science Research Committee.


CPAS Director Joan Leach is former editor of the journal Social Epistemology and Chair of the Australian National Committee for the History and Philosophy of Science (which is supporting a high-level workshop on RRI in 2019). Dr Merryn McKinnon is working with the Australian Academy of Science to develop their decadal plan on Women in STEM which connects with the RRI key on gender equity.

Dr. Sujatha Raman is Director of Research at the Australian National Centre

for the Public Awareness of Science.

member since 2018

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