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DR Shane Huntington


  • Photonics, Microscopy, Science Communication (Photonics, Microscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy, Scanning Probe Microscopy, Fibre Optics, Telecommunications, Imaging, Commercialisation)



  • He is currently the Principal Strategy Adviser to the Dean of nthe Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne

    In Addition he is a Founder and the Managing Director of The Innovation Group Pty Ltd, a Victorian based company set up in 2000 to assist with the commercialisation of Victorian research and technology. In 2000 and 2001, in collaboration with The City of Melbourne, The State Government of Victoria (OST), and AusIndustry, The Innovation Group ran extensive workshop programs on commercialisation. In 2002, Dr Huntington initiated substantial changes to the business plan of the company, evolving its principle focus towards the supply of scientific and industrial instruments. The Innovation Group currently represents six international technology companies in Australia and New Zealand.

    For the past 19 years, Dr Huntington has been a broadcaster on 3RRR’s science radio program. In this capacity he has interviewed more than 500 scientists and provided detailed descriptions of hundreds of scientific concepts to a general audience. He is also currently the Science and Engineering host of Melbourne University’s Upclose podcasting program.

    Until March 2008 he was the CEO of Quantum Communications Victoria within the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. Quantum Communications Victoria is a $9.3Million Government funded program which aims to make Australia a leader in telecommunications security based on Quantum Physics. Shane has a PhD in Physics, with a specialty in Photonics and Imaging.   


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1998
  • BSc(Hons), University of Melbourne 1993

Awards and honors

  • Tall Poppy Award, Australian Institute of Policy and Science, 2006