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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 Deputy Director, Strategy and Partnerships in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

    He is also a Founder and Director of The Innovation Group Pty Ltd, a scientific equipment supplier, communication course provider and event coordinator that represents six international companies in Australia and New Zealand and has operated since 1999. Shane is also the co-founder of the 2018 Science Communication and Self-Care Workshop Program. Until January 2019 he was Deputy Director of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH).

    Prior to his work in the Faculty of Medicine, he was Principal Strategy Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Melbourne, Prof. Glyn Davis. He also holds an adjunct senior research position within the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne.

    Until March 2008 he was the CEO and Founder of Quantum Communications Victoria within the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. Quantum Communications Victoria was a $9.3Million Government funded program which developed telecommunications security based on Quantum Physics and exported Australia’s first quantum product.

    For the past 27 years, he has been a broadcaster on 3RRR’s science radio program. In this capacity he has interviewed more than 1500 scientists and explained hundreds of scientific concepts to the public. Between 2007 and 2014 he was the Science and Engineering host of Melbourne University’s Upclose podcasting program. The program is archived by the national library and is downloaded globally more than 35,000 times a month, over 1 Million times in total. Shane recorded more than 100 episodes.

    Shane is also the Founder of the Telescopes in Schools Program, a Victorian based initiative designed to bring the wonders of Astronomy and education to low SES schools in Melbourne’s Northern and Western suburbs



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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