Tom Carruthers

Speaker for the ISC Talk Back Better webinar series on science communication

Dr Tom J Carruthers is a science communicator, thinker and creative based in Canberra, Australia. He passionately advocates for diversity and equity, the need for science engagement that goes beyond scientific literacy, and to increase the community’s value of specialist expertise across all sectors.

As a science commentator, he comments on breaking science news and has featured in podcasts and webinars on the communication of science and social media engagement. He is a thought leader in the space, calling for better recognition of science communication research learnings within the practice, and an appreciation of science communication expertise in government and the broader community.

He delivers lectures on bridging the public-scientist divide and provides media-training, events coordination and communications workshops for scientists and those engaging on scientific concepts. Building on his background in live theatre technologies, videography and media, he now also coaches students, academics and business leaders on how to present on and off camera for maximum impact.

Tom holds a PhD in biological chemistry (ANU), a Master’s in science communication outreach (ANU), and has experience working in the Australian university, government, not-for-profit and private sectors. He is the former co-CEO of Pint of Science Australia, the current co-president of the Australian Science Communicators, a member of the prep. Committee for the World Organisation for Science Literacy and is a Client Partner at Ogilvy PR.


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