Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

Graduate Student, History & Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne

I have always been fascinated by the role and impact science has in society. This extends beyond the obvious utility of science - technology, to the communication and influence it has on how we view ourselves and our universe, both in the past and our ever changing present. The other side of that is my current research interest - what makes science different to other forms of knowledge? Seems reasonable for someone who studied physics - after growing up with a telescope, geology pick and a chemistry set and wanting to become an astronaut.

Meanwhile I manage engagements between the University (of Melbourne) and Industry and Government bodies. For more than 20 years I worked as a research scientist in both academia (RMIT University & Salford University) and industry (Amcor Research & Technology Centre).

As well as holding an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, I held fellowships and grants from the UK Ministry of Defense (Royal Signals & Radar Establishment, Malvern), the UK Science and Engineering Research Council and the Australian Research Council. I have also worked in corporate, strategy, marketing and consulting roles.

A lapsed triathlete I have been known to race and enjoy the occasional ultra trail-run.


  • 2016–present
    Councillor, The Royal Society of Victoria
  • 2001–present
    Executive Director Innovation, Clarity Now
  • 2011–present
    Science Communicator, Lucid Thoughts
  • 2014–present
    Graduate Student, History & Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne
  • 2015–present
    Manager, External RIC Enquiries, University of Melbourne
  • 2013–2015
    Research Partnerships Officer, University of Melbourne
  • 2012–2013
    Senior Research Services Officer, University of Melbourne
  • 2013–2013
    Acting Faculty Research Manager, University of Melbourne
  • 1999–2000
    Senior Manager, National Leads, National Australia Bank
  • 1994–1999
    Principal Research Scientist, Amcor Research & Tecnology Centre
  • 1991–1994
    ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, RMIT University
  • 1988–1991
    SERC Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Salford (UK)
  • 1984–1987
    MOD Research Assistant, University of Salford (UK)
  • 1981–1983
    Tutor/Demonstrator, RMIT
  • 1980–1981
    Technical Assistant, RMIT


  • 2000 
    Melbourne Business School, Post Grad Dip
  • 1989 
    University of Salford (UK), PhD
  • 1986 
    RMIT, Master of Applied Science
  • 1981 
    RMIT, Bachelor of Applied Physics

Professional Memberships

  • The Royal Society of Victoria

Research Areas

  • Physical Sciences (02)
  • History And Philosophy Of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science) (220206)
  • Research, Science And Technology Policy (160511)