Dr Sean Perera

Sessional Academic (Convenor SCOM3029 & SCOM6029)
Sub Dean (ANU Graduate Studies Select)


Career awards

  • Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2015
  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Public Policy and Outreach, 2015
  • Edward Gray Memorial Award, 2007


BSc (Microbiology), MSc (Agriculture), PhD (Science Communication)


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 full-time positions including Research Fellow, Lecturer, and International Programs Convener since 2007. Sean has recently been appointed Sub Dean of ANU Graduate Studies Select, which is a university-wide suite of programs designed to offer flexible graduate study options.  

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.


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