Dr Rod Lamberts

BA(hons) Anthropology (ANU), PG Diploma Applied Psychology (Uni Canb), PhD (ANU)
Deputy Director, Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science (CPAS)
ANU College of Science
T: 6125 0747

Research interests

  • Science communication and public intellectualism/ activism
  • Science, science communication and ethics
  • Risk & crisis perception and communication


Dr Rod Lamberts is Deputy Director of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at the Australian National University and a former National President of the Australian Science Communicators. He has 20 years’ experience as a science communication lecturer, practitioner, commentator and researcher. Rod has provided science communication advice to a wide variety of private and public science-related agencies in Australia and overseas (including the CSIRO, UNESCO & the DIIS) and is a regular public commentator on science, science communication, and science and public policy in Australia. His current professional pursuits focus on: 

  • the role of expertise, public intellectualism and science communication in affecting social change
  • conducting large scale national public surveys of beliefs and attitudes to science and scientists
  • the interaction of perceptions of risk and ethics in science and science communication


Rod also frequently comments and interprets science on national radio shows, has written numerous public commentary pieces for sites like The Conversation, and is co-creator of The Wholesome Show podcast.


Current student projects


Supervisor/ Chair 

  • Zhang, Tangyao “Public Awareness and Risk Communication of GM Foods in China”
  • Anggaryani, Mita “School-Based DRR Program in Disaster Prone Areas”
  • Ansell, James “Science, Superfoods and Society: the intersection of scientific knowledge, public awareness and regulatory policy” 


  • Samantha Vilkins 
  • Matt Nurse

Past student projects


  • Chair/ Primary supervisor 
    • Young, Carolyn “Evaluation of artists experiences as participants in the Field Studies, art and environment program”
    • Thulstrup, Hans Dencker “Global approaches to local issues: UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere programme - a multilateral instrument for natural resource management”
    • McKinnon, Merryn “Influences on the science teaching self-efficacy beliefs of Australian primary school teachers”
    • Rayner, Catherine “Communicating organisational outcomes using simple performance indicators: a case study using ACT elective surgery waiting lists”
  • Supervisor 
    • Dunn, Matt “Sex on campus: Investigating sexual health promotion in universities”
    • Gates-Stuart, Eleanor “Communicating Science: Explorations through Science and Art”
    • Cerini, Bobby “Heroes of Science - public images, inspirations and impacts”
    • Taylor, Maria “Longitudinal science and society study: climate change communication and intersect with policy in Australia (1987-2001)”
    • Micklethwait, Guy “Models of Time Travel: a comparative study using film”
    • Smith, Cobi “Public involvement in decision-making about science and technology”
    • Moon, Brenda “Scanning the science society horizon: Using social media to monitor public discussion of science controversies”
    • Walker, Graham “Science shows and theatre”
    • Searle, Suzette “Scientists’ communication with the general public – an Australian survey”
    • Wood, Matt “Visual strategies for communicating science”
  • Advisor
    • Li, Rashel “How the sitcom The Big Bang Theory influences audience perceptions of science and scientists”
    • Donald, Tegan “What would a 'scientifically engaged Australia' look like?
    • Hoepner, Jacqui “With us or against us: Using the wind turbine syndrome case study to examine implications of contested enquiry on individual researchers”


  • Anzul, Seniorl “An analysis of access to e-agriculture in PNG”
  • McAlester, Jamos “Are ACT primary teachers still using video in the classroom?”
  • Abbott, Sarah “Communicating bioprospecting information to indigenous communities: insights from the experts”
  • Sengere, Reuben “Communicating information to coffee farmers in Papua New Guinea”
  • Hislop, Margot “Evaluating the learning outcomes of the science centre education programs at the CSIRO Discovery Centre”
  • West, Merryn “Evaluating the pilot Pacific Science Exchange”
  • Mitchell, Robbie “GM and drought in the Wimmera: A pilot study of public awareness of and attitudes towards GM drought-tolerant wheat and the drought in the Wimmera”
  • Harcourt, David “Making antimatter matter”
  • Ngyuen, Tam “Public perception of coffee safety”
  • Foster, Kylie “Science communication in Australian agriculture”
  • Bell, Catherine “Science with personality: reality science”
  • Kirk, Lawrie (MPhil) “Science communication capacity building needs for Pacific NGOs - a response to the new strategic direction for UNESCO”
  • Hammond, Tom J “Survey of science communication in developing Pacific Island nations”
  • Maclean, Michael J “What do people think about GM pasture grasses?”



  • Jones, Crystal “An evaluation of the regulation of preimplantation genetic diagnosis in Australia”
  • Knowles, David “Communicating the sociology of safety to the Australian pipeline industry”
  • Ansell, James “Getting the point across: a study into the effects of vaccination interventions on vaccine uptake”
  • Randall, Rebecca “How young Australians communicate about mental ill health on Facebook”
  • Pollari, Jemma “Science teachers' perceptions of the credibility of websites for use in the science classroom”
  • Ansell, James “Superfood: you'll believe that food can fly!”
  • Carter, Angie “The availability of university photonics courses in Australia and their ability to meet research and development needs in the field”







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