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John O'Conner

Emeritus Professor John O’Connor

Emeritus Professor John O'Connor

Emeritus Professor John O’Connor

College of Engineering, Science and Environment

A passion for science outreach and communication led to John’s work in helping set up Newcastle’s Supernova Hands-on Science Centre with Professor Tim Roberts in the late 1970s, an early involvement in the establishment of Canberra’s Questacon, setting up the SMART program and establishing the Science and Engineering Challenge, a national outreach initiative that won the Sir William Hudson award for Outstanding Engineering Excellence in 2003.

Sharing his passion for science has led to regular radio appearances, and, excitingly, an appearance on stage with author Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy for Science in the Pub – bringing the wonders of science to the public.  John presents a regular science segment on radio 2NURFM  (To listen, open this link and scroll down to John’s page and then scroll through the video playlist to find the film you are interested in)

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