Dr Rhian Salmon

Portrait of Dr Rhian Salmon

Biography

Dr Salmon is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Science in Society at Victoria University of Wellington. Dr Salmon’s research explores the context within which science communication and engagement operates both in New Zealand and internationally. Her research career started with a PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry, in Canada, followed by a post-doctoral researcher role with the British Antarctic Survey. After that, she switched fields and became the education, outreach, and communication coordinator for the International Polar Year 2007-08 before starting to explore theory and research in public engagement in more detail. She has expertise in catalysing conversations between scientists and different publics and has worked with a range of audiences on science festivals, public debates, global community events and expeditions.