Samantha Vilkins

BSc (Computational Science and Mathematics) Qld, MSciComm ANU
PhD Researcher
Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Sessional Academic

Samantha Vilkins is a PhD candidate in science communication and Communications and Engagement Officer at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at The Australian National University in Canberra.

Her previous study includes discrete mathematics and computational science, and she still sees graph theory everywhere. Her current research focuses on the uses of quantified evidence in policy and politics, and what gets left behind by metrics and statistics.

Her work has been on display at the National Museum and the National Library, and was part of the Science Gallery Melbourne's 2018 PERFECTION exhibit.

She tweets @samvilkins.


  • Peer-reviewed
  • Vilkins, S. & Grant, W.J. (2017). Types of evidence cited in Australian Government publications. Scientometrics. Prepublished 10 October 2017. doi: 10.1007/s11192-017-2544-2.
  • Parisi, A., Crump, J. A., Glass, K., Howden, B. P., Furuya-Kanamori, L., Vilkins, S., Gray, D. J., Martyn, K. D. (2018). Health Outcomes from Multi-Drug-resistant Salmonella Infections in High-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Foodborne Pathogens and Disease.
  • Presentations
  • Inaugural Asia-Pacific Science Communication Conference (Singapore), 2018. Types of Evidence in Australian Public Policy.
  • Happy Anniversary? Reflecting on Marriage Equality (Canberra), 2018. Threshed out by others: Statistical and moral victories in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.


Is citizen science a throwback?, 2018. Lateral Magazine.