Professor Joan Leach (BA Hons, BSc, MA, PhD) is Director of the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science at The Australian National University. She is President of Australian Science Communicators and Chair of the National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science at the Australian Academy of Science.
Her research centres on public engagement with science, medicine and technology and she has been active in the Australian government’s recent initiatives toward ‘Inspiring Australia’. She is currently researching the role of popular science in the globalization of science since the 1960s, a project funded by the Australian Research Council. She has published extensively about science communication, including Rhetorical Questions of Health and Medicine, and was editor of the International journal, Social Epistemology.