Dr Pettikirige Perera

BSc (Bangalore), MSc (Peradeniya), PhD (ANU)
Sub Dean Graduate Studies Select
ANU Joint Colleges 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 worked as a research scientist in the South Asia Region after completing his initial training as a microbiologist in 1999. He entered the then emerging scholarly discipline of science communication and earned his PhD in 2010 from ANU, where he is presently the Sub Dean of Graduate Studies Select - the ANU Master of Studies Program, and the Program Convenor of the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) at the College of Arts and Social Sciences. Previously, he has held several positions, including International Programs Convener for Science Communication, at the College of Science. He is an internationally recognised expert in cross-cultural science communication, and his research and teaching explore how science is communicated with culturally and linguistically diverse audiences, with a special focus on teachers' professional development. Some of 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 Communicators in School: An evidence-based participatory approach towards secondary science teaching
  • Attitudes to Science Education: Comparing Taiwanese and Australian Perspectives
  • The Two Way Project: Democratising the University through New Media and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art


Current student projects



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