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Paul Willis – Director

Paul Willis – Director

Dr Paul Willis is a respected leader in the science community, and joined RiAus in 2011, continuing an impressive career in science and science communication.

Dr Willis has a background in vertebrate palaeontology, studying the fossils of crocodiles and other reptiles. He also has an extensive career in science communication working for the ABC on TV programs such as Catalyst and Quantum as well as radio and online. He’s written books and articles on dinosaurs, fossils and rocks, and now, as Director of RiAus, he’s finding new ways to engage the people of Australia with the science that underpins their world.

Dr Willis has a solid research career in vertebrate palaeontology, and has the distinction of having discovered a number of significant vertebrate fossil specimens, including a small dinosaur and a large ichthyosaur. He has led eight public expeditions to Antarctica, authored and co-authored seven books on dinosaurs, rocks and fossils and authored many popular articles on science subjects across a wide range of topics.

At home in front of an audience, Paul is passionate about informing, educating and exciting people about science and is keen to talk about science in a variety of public forums. A skilled facilitator, speaker and host, Paul’s unique style and personality make him a popular choice for a wide range of events and audiences.

As a key note speaker Paul’s range of topics can be as diverse and inspirational as the man himself. The first topic is exactly that; a review of a varied, unexpected and interesting career with a motivational message to young, aspiring scientists and science communicators that also translates to anyone who wants to make a career by following their passions.

He has a couple of presentations that draw on his training as a palaeontologist that are suitable for after-dinner type occasions. One is a look at the myths and misunderstandings surrounding dinosaurs with some important messages for business. The other involves pulling apart a BBQed duck in search of the dinosaur ancestor within. Yes, he does provide his own duck for that one!

Turning to science communications and engagement, Paul has a presentation about how to operate in the New Media environment with a particular emphasis on what RiAus is up to in this space.

Lastly he can talk about his work in Antarctica in the footsteps of some little-known early explorers.

Dr Willis is available as a host or guest speaker for your event. Contact for further information.

Follow Paul on Twitter @Fossilcrox

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