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Go behind the scenes and find out more about the judges of the 2020 SCINEMA festival.

Meet the 2020 SCINEMA Judges

Alan Duffy

Alan Duffy

Swinburne University of Technology astrophysicist and Lead Scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia, Associate Professor Duffy’s research involves creating model universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies form and grow within vast halos of invisible dark matter. He is also Program Leader of SpaceTech Applications at Swinburne’s Data Science Research Institute bringing together astrophysics and space industries to create new opportunities for Australia in space. When not exploring simulated universes, you can find him explaining science in this one on ABC Breakfast TV, Ten’s The Project and ABC Radio.

Damian Harris

Damian is a Founding Director of SCINEMA International Film Festival launching the inaugural event in Canberra in 2000. He has worked to install a passion for science across his career, working in science education with Questacon and later with CSIRO in Far North Queensland. Within CSIRO, Damian worked at the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technology communicating their exciting research to industry and government partners. Damian is now the Sciences Marketing and Engagement Manager for Griffith University on the Gold Coast.

Cris Kennedy

Cris Kennedy

As a cultural critic, writer and long-time innovator of community arts and community engagement projects, Cris Kennedy has built a large network and experience in communication for science and the arts. Along with Damian Harris, Cris worked as the Co-Director of SCINEMA, growing the Festival to 400 locations annually across Australia and smaller international appearances in England, New Zealand and India from 2000 to 2015. Cris is currently the Director of Visitor Experience at Parliament House in Canberra.

Alison Leigh

Alison began her broadcasting career in the UK with the BBC, Anglia Television and Westward Television. After moving to Australia, Alison played a leading role in producing and commissioning science TV programs, including six years as Series Producer and then Executive Producer for ABC TV Science Unit. She also helped to develop National Science Week in Australia and is a founding member and past President of the Australian Science Communicators. For almost two decades, Alison worked as the Editorial Director of the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) and is continuing her work as a Senior Advisor.

Casey Harrigan

Casey is a filmmaker with a decade of experience in content development and production. She’s previously worked for Network 10 and the Nine Network producing documentary, children’s, and science television, as well as for Australia’s Science Channel as a content creator, video producer, and contributing editor. She currently runs her own video production business, Tame Fox Productions, and continues to freelance for broadcasters and production companies on television and film projects. Casey lives in Noosa and when she’s not behind the camera or in an edit suite, she loves swimming, paddle-boarding and hiking through national parks.

Lee Constable

Lee Constable (@Constababble) is a science TV presenter and YouTuber. She hosted the Australian Science TV show Scope and appeared on Totally Wild, Toasted TV and Studio10. In 2019, Lee published her first book, How to Save the Whole Stinkin’ Planet, and in 2018 was part of the largest all-female expedition to Antarctica. As the founder of Co-Lab: Science Meets Street Art, Lee brings together street artists and scientists to create live science-inspired street art for the public. Her past gigs include Questacon Science Circus in remote Australia, founding, producing and hosting youth social justice and sustainability radio show/podcast, SoapBox, and giving night-time nature tours as an Education Ranger. 

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