Deputy Director, Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science, Australian National University

Dr Rod Lamberts is deputy director of the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at the ANU, which recently became affiliated with the Alan Alda Centre for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. He is also a former national president of the Australian Science Communicators. Rod has been providing science communication consultation and evaluation advice for nearly 20 years to organisations including UNESCO, the CSIRO, and to ANU science and research bodies. He has a background in psychology, anthropology and corporate communication consultancy and facilitation.

Rod has been developing and delivering science communication courses since 1998, and supervises a large range of postgraduate research projects.

His professional and research interests include: science in society; science and public policy; perceptions of expertise in science; risk and crisis perception/ communication; and science communication as the new public intellectualism.

Rod is an extremely strong proponent of getting academia well beyond the hallowed halls and into the real world. His most recent forays into this world include regular appearances on ABC Radio National "Research Filter" and ABC radio Perth's "Blinded by Science". He was also a co-host of KindaThinky, and irreverent, theme-based chat show that ran in Canberra in 2014 and 15.


  • –present
    Deputy Director, Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science, ANU


  • 2005 
    The Australian National University, PhD
  • 1998 
    University of Canberra, Post Grad Diploma, Applied Psychology
  • 1995 
    The Australian National University, BA(hons)