Media Engagement Services is owned and operated by Associate Professor Paul Willis. Most of the teachings of MES have been drawn from his years of experience in science communications but MES also draws upon the knowledge of several associates. All these people are researchers who have become communication specialists. We have developed the techniques and skills specifically tailored to the communication needs of researchers. While we have a focus on researchers in science, technology, engineering and maths most of our material is useful to researchers in any discipline.
MES is about teaching researchers DIY outreach and engagement. If you would like to bring in professional communications experts to tell your research stories for you, we recommend Cluster Media.
With the collapse of traditional media and the rise of the twinned concepts of Engagement and Impact for research, the responsibility for telling the stories of research has fallen back onto researchers. With the ready availability of cheap and easy to use technology and the emergence of the online and social media environments, there are now endless opportunities for researchers to tell their stories to several different audiences.
All they need is to be shown how to do it. ...and we can show them!
Associate Professor Paul Willis, founder and CEO
I am former Director of the Royal Institution of Australia, presenter on ABC TV's Catalyst program, palaeontologist and career science communicator.
My life has centred around telling stories for science. My career in science communications has seen me on television across the country with the ABC and acting as Director at the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), Australia’s premier science communications organisation. I'm currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in Palaeontology at Flinders University.
Under my directorship RiAus built and runs Australia’s Science Channel, a 360 degree online science hub for Australia and the world. Fourteen years with the ABC as a dedicated science reporter found me travelling across the country and around the world for the science program Catalyst. While at the ABC I also became accomplished as a radio producer and presenter and a skilled online content producer.
Going further back in time I was a museum curator in natural history and a live presenter of science to early-aged school children. I have acted as an expert guide for tour companies operating in Australia, Antarctica, USA and Canada.
I’ve authored several books on geology, palaeontology and natural history themes and my adult life started with a PhD looking at fossil crocodiles after a double major in geology and zoology.
My life in science communication started in England at the tender age of 6 when I found my first fossil. I’ve been telling stories about the world around us ever since.
I am on a quest to make a positive impact on society through science.
During my Ph.D., I found that my peer-reviewed paper alone wasn’t cutting it. If I wanted to reach my peers, let alone the general public, I needed to communicate my findings in a fun and imaginative way.
This realization changed everything and inspired me to create “Lost at Sea,” an award-winning video that reached the hearts and minds of thousands of people.
The success of this first video blew my mind. And I got to thinking, maybe other scientists are lost at sea, so to speak. Maybe others want to reach the masses with their research, but just don’t know where to start.
That was the day I decided to help other scientists by teaching them what I learned along the way.
- Ph.D. in climate science at the University of Adelaide.
- Multi award winning science communicator.
- Founder of Animate Your Science (www.animate-science.com).
- Years of professional experience in graphic design.
Dr Tullio Rossi, associate of MES
My doctorate in science innovation builds on my extensive background as a science writer and broadcaster and drives my interest in boosting Australia’s ability to harness scientific discovery.
As a nationally recognised and award-winning journalist, I have reported on science, technology, environment and medical research for the ABC, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, New Scientist and the journals Science and Nature. I have contributed on a freelance basis to projects with government, NGOs and leading universities. Connections I maintain reach across government, industry, the university sector, media and leading research bodies.
My PhD thesis, conducted through the Macquarie University, investigates research and innovation pathways in Australia. Entitled “Australia’s Quest for the Bionic Eye: Barriers to Innovation”, it examines Australia’s science system and identifies strategies to boost the intellectual and commercial success of complex, multi-disciplinary scientific and biomedical ventures.
Dr Leigh Dayton, associate of MES
Dr Andy Stapleton, associate of MES
I am an award-winning science communicator whose content has been featured in ScienceAlert, Cosmos Magazine, Australian Quarterly, Australia’s Science Channel, Radio National, MIT’s Undark podcast and more.
I produce audio features for podcasts and radio and I’m the producer and host of Publish, Perish or Podcast. I also write and produce videos that can be viewed on Australia’s Science Channel and YouTube.
Over the years, I have learnt the tricks and methods to producing engaging content and, for me, it’s all perfect when people are laughing while they are learning.
PhD in Chemistry and Nanotechnology.
Science Content Producer (Audio, Articles, Video) for Australia’s Science Channel, Cosmos, ScienceAlert and many more.
2015 Unsung Hero of South Australian Science Communication.
Founder of Verbalise Science.