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Go behind the scenes and find out more about the judges of the 2019 SCINEMA festival.

 

Winning films are shown to thousands of people around Australia at exclusive premiere screenings throughout May and June 2019. Filmmakers can also share their work through our community program – hosted during National Science Week, as well as on Australia’s Science Channel.

Meet the 2019 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.

Emily Griggs

Emily Griggs

Emily is a Development Executive and Executive Producer with BBC Studios and one of Australia’s most respected television producers and directors. With over twenty years of experience, she has produced top rating shows across free to air networks in a wide variety of genres. Driven by program success, Emily has an eye for beautiful pictures and a focus fixed on creating engaging and entertaining story content.

Lisa Bailey

Lisa Bailey

Beginning her career in research, Lisa obtained her PhD in biochemistry at the University of Adelaide. Throughout her career she has worked as a science communicator and program manager in a range of cultural institutions both in South Australia and the UK. Lisa is currently Senior Exhibition Manager at MOD. the University of South Australia’s leading future-focused museum, provoking new ideas at the intersection of science, art and innovation.

Darren Saunders

Darren Saunders

Darren is a biologist and Associate Professor in Medicine at UNSW, researching cell signalling and metabolism in cancer and neurodegeneration. He undertook post-doctoral training at the Garvan Institute and University of British Columbia and has held fellowships from the U.S. Department of Defense and Cancer Institute NSW. Darren is secretary of Science and Technology Australia and Senior Research Advisor to Elizabeth Broderick and Co. He is a regular commentator on television and radio, resident scientist on ABC TV’s The Drum and his written work covers everything from cancer, to science policy, masculinity and gender equity.

Alison Leigh

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.

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