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Dr Paul Willis

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Associate Professor Paul Willis is the former Director of the Royal Institution of Australia, presenter on ABC TV's Catalyst program, paleontologist and career science communicator.

His life has centered around telling stories for science. His career in science communications has seen him on television across the country with the ABC and acting as Director at the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), Australia's premier science communications organisation. He's currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in Paleontology at Flinders University.

Under his directorship RiAus built and runs Australia's Science Channel, a 360 degree online science hub for Australia and the world. Fourteen years with the ABC as a dedicated science reporter found him travelling across the country and around the world for the science program Catalyst. While at the ABC he also became accomplished as a radio producer and presenter and a skilled online content producer.

Going further back in time Paul was a museum curator in natural history and a live presenter of science to early-aged school children. He has acted as an expert guide for tour companies operating in Australia, Antarctica, USA and Canada.

Paul has authored several books on geology, palaeontology and natural history themes and his adult life started with a PhD looking at fossil crocodiles after a double major in geology and zoology.

Paul traces his life in science communication back to a start in England at the tender age of 6 when he found his first fossil. He's been telling stories about the world around us ever since.