Dr Merryn McKinnon is a lecturer at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at the Australian National University. Prior to entering academia she explored the field of science communication quite broadly, working as a presenter, evaluator, event manager, marketing consultant and media trainer.

Her particular areas of research interest are the relationships between science, the public and the media; influences on public perceptions of messages; science education and health communication.


  • 2012–present
    Lecturer, ANU


  • 2011 
    ANU, PhD
  • 2004 
    University of Wollongong, Masters of Journalism
  • 2000 
    University of Newcastle, BSc (Hons)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Science Communicators