Dr Merryn McKinnon

Lecturer
Honours Convener
Peter Baume Building 42a,
 +61 2 6125 4951

Profile

Career awards

  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Public Policy and Outreach, 2015

Qualifications

BSc Hons (Marine Science), Grad Dip (Sci Comm), Masters Journalism, PhD (Sci Comm)

Biography

Dr Merryn McKinnon's original degree was in marine science where, after the novelty of moving intertidal snails with a paint scraper wore off, she discovered that she preferred talking about her research much more than doing it.

This led her to the field of science communication in 2001 where she has stayed ever since, working largely with Questacon in Canberra, Australia, and also private and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and overseas. She has explored the field of science communication quite broadly, working as a presenter, evaluator, event manager, marketing consultant and media trainer. Her experience outside of academia shapes her teaching, embedding her courses in 'real world' scenarios with an emphasis on engaging students in practical application of theory wherever possible.

She was one of 76 women selected to participate in the inaugural journey of Homeward Bound - a state of the art leadership and strategy initiative for women in science. She hopes to take the skills and lessons from Homeward Bound and transfer them to her students to help equip them to be effective leaders in their chosen career paths.

 

 

Research

Research interests

The relationship between science, the public and the media; influences on beliefs; perceptions of science; factors affecting interpretation and understanding of communication messages; informal education; health communication.

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Teaching

Merryn is the lecturer for Science in the Media and Health Promotion and Protection and convenes the Honours program.

She is also a regular presenter of some of CPAS's short courses.

Publications

Peer-reviewed journal papers

Peer-reviewed encyclopaedia entries/book reviews/book chapters

  • McKinnon, M. & Vos, J. (2016) Crossing a Threshold. In Maarten C.A. van der Sanden & Marc J. de Vries (Eds), Science and Technology Education and Communication: Seeking Synergy, (pp 27 - 46). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers
  • McKinnon, M. (2014) Layperson's guide to pandemics, Review of Pandemics, by Prof Peter Doherty, Medical Journal of Australia, 200:5, 297. DOI: 10.5694/mja13.00232
  • McKinnon, M. (2010) David Attenborough. In Susanna Hornig Priest (Ed), Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication, (pp 71 - 72). California: Sage Publications. 
  • McKinnon, M. (2010) Thomas Kuhn. In Susanna Hornig Priest (Ed), Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication, (pp 435 - 437). California: Sage Publications. 
  • McKinnon, M. (2010) Edward Teller. In Susanna Hornig Priest (Ed), Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication, (pp 884 - 885). California: Sage Publications. 

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

  • Moussa-Inaty, J., Barza, L. & McKinnon, M. (2014, April). A Closer Look at Science Education in Abu Dhabi Primary Schools Through Teacher Self-Efficacy. Paper 184, Conference Proceedings, presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2014 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, United States of America, 3 – 7 April 2014.
  • McKinnon, M. (2010, December). Motivator, Supporter, Trainer: Science Centres and their Role with Primary School Teachers. Conference Proceedings, Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST), 11th Annual Conference, New Delhi, India.

Popular writing/opinion pieces

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