Professor Sue Stocklmayer was the Director of the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science from 1998 to 2015. As part of the University's outreach programs, she has presented festival science shows, lectures and workshops on all five continents.
Sue grew up in Zambia, graduated in physics and chemistry from the University of London and worked on the Zambian copper mines as a chemist. She emigrated to Australia with her family in 1982 after co-directing an extensive hands-on science program for rural village students in Zimbabwe. She returned to postgraduate study at Curtin University in Perth, where she gained a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science and an M.Phil. Her early experiences in physics laid the foundation for a deep and abiding interest in gender issues in science.
In 1994, she completed her doctorate as a very mature-aged student and was awarded the University's graduate medal. In 1996, Sue moved to The Australian National University. She was awarded an AM in 2004 for science communication initiatives, and an AO for science communication and science education in 2016. Sue thinks that science communication is the best possible mixture, combining science, theatre (a lifelong interest), multicultural and gender issues and a host of other things at the interface between science and the public.