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Dr Sean Perera

BSc (Bangalore), MSc (Peradeniya), PhD (ANU)
ANU Joint Colleges of Science, ANU College of Science, and ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies 200209
  • Comparative And Cross Cultural Education 130302
  • Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators 130313
  • Education Assessment And Evaluation 130303
  • Communication And Media Studies 2001


Dr Sean Perera is currently a Sessional Academic at the ANU Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS-ANU), where he has held several positions including Research Fellow, Lecturer, and International Programs Convener since 2007.

His research explores how science is communicated with culturally and linguistically diverse audiences. He is an internationally recognised expert in cross-cultural science communication, and convenes the course Cross-cultural Perspectives in Science Communication (SCOM3029 / SCOM6029) at CPAS-ANU.

Sean earned his PhD in science communication from ANU in 2010. He has a First Class, Tri-major Bachelor’s Degree in microbiology, chemistry and zoology from Bangalore University, India, and a Master's Degree in agriculture from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. His significant achievements are listed below:

  • Colleges of Science Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2015)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK (since 2015)
  • ANU Vice-Chancellor's Team Award for Public Policy and Outreach (2015)
  • Leader of Opening Doors Project - engaging disadvantaged, young immigrants with Australian science (since 2012)
  • Co-author of Federal Government commissioned Inspiring Australia Developing Evidence Base for Science Engagement Report (2012)
  • Edward Gray Memorial Prize - Australia Sri Lanka Council for promoting bi-lateral relations through science communication (2007)
  • Total grant funding exceeding A$150,000 for science communication research and outreach, procured from funding bodies in Australia and internationally.

Researcher's projects

  • Opening Doors: Science Engagement for Young Humanitarian Immigrants
  • Science Communication in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts 
  • Science Teaching from Science Communication Perspectives

Sean Coordinates the Science Communication Research and Education Network (SCREN) of university-based science communicators in Australasia.

Current student projects

Exploring primary school science teachers’ learning during the Science Enrichment Programmes at the Science Centre Singapore. Researcher: S. Sharma.

Science Alliance: Informal Science Activities for the Social Development of People with Intellectual Disabilities. Researcher: V. de Kauwe.

The Role of ICT in Science Communication and Science Education Towards Disaster Related Science Teaching in Secondary Schools. M. Anggaryani.


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