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Biographical entry Oliver, Carol

Occupation
astrobiologist, Science Communication and Science educator

Summary

Carol Oliver is a Science Communicator, Researcher and continues to make significant contributions to Science Education both nationally and internationally.

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Since 2002 Carol Oliver has held multiple roles at the Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA) becoming the Deputy Director in 2012, and Postgraduate Coordinator (Candidature) for the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) at the University of New South Wales in 2017. Before her career at the Australian Centre of Astrobiology Carol Oliver worked as a Journalist, focusing on science and finance news, for multiple mainstream media outlets. In 2003 she completed a research masters in science communication at the Central Queensland University, and then a PhD, exploring communication astrobiology with the public, at the University of New South Wales in 2008.

Carol Oliver played a key role in the establishment of The Mars Lab alongside the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Sydney and the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, University of Sydney. The Mars Lab provides a scientific stimulation of the Martian Landscape and facilitates research by high school students, university students and academics. Carol Oliver also led the development of the Smart Science Initiative that provides educational science modules for Australian High Schools.

In addition to these projects Carol Oliver is a member of multiple professional organisations and has served on numerous committees including the Australian Academy of Science's National Committee for Space and Radio Science, the NASA Astrobiology Institute Advent of Complex Life, Chair of the International Academy of Astronautics Study Group Future Directions in Space Education and the co-Chair of the Australia - American Fullbright Symposium. In 2014 Carol Oliver received Australia's Academic and Research Network (AARNet) Award for Excellence for her work on The Mars Lab.

Events

Career position - Senior Research Fellow, Palaeontology, Geobiology and Earth Archives Research Centre (PANGEA)
Award - Elected Member, International Academy of Astronautics
Career position - Team Member, Foundations of Complex Life Research Project, NASA Astrobiology Institute
Career event - Secretary of the SETI Permanent Study Group and Deputy Char of the Post Detection Taskgroup, International Academy of Astronautics (AAI)
Chair - Public Outreach Working Group, Australian Decadel Space Plan Steering Committee, Australian Academy of Science National Committee on Space Science
Chair - Future Directions in Space Education Study Group, International Academy of Astronautics
1968 - 1971
Career position - Journalism apprenticeship, Hornchurch and Upminster Echo Newspaper
1971 - 1972
Career position - News Reporter, Havering Recorder newspaper
1972 - 1976
Career position - Features editor, Lincolnshire Standard Newspaper Group
1976 - 1979
Career position - Sub-editor and later deputy chief sub-editor, Portsmouth News
1979 - 1988
Career position - City, news and science reporter, Independent Television News
1988 - 1990
Career position - Personal Finance Editor, 'Your Money', Oracle Teletext Service
1990 - 1994
Career position - Freelance journalist specialising in science and personal finance
1994 - 2002
Career position - Science Journalist, producers 2SER radio science show Discovery
1994 - 2002
Career position - Science Journalist, University of Western Sydney
2002
Chair - Local Organising Committee, 2002 International Bioastronomy Conference, Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
2002
Chair - Co-Chair, Australian-American Fullbright Symposium, Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
2002 - 2007
Career position - Assistant Director, Management and Outreach, Australian Centre for Astrobiology
2003 - 2005
Chair - Co-Chair, NASA Astrobiology Institute Science Communication Focus Group
2006 - 2007
Career event - Australian Representative, International Astronautical Congress
2008 - 2010
Career position - Science communication specialist, Australian Centre for Astrobiology
2010 - 2012
Career position - Senior Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Astrobiology
2012 -
Career position - Deputy Director, Australian Centre for Astrobiology
2016 -
Career position - Postgraduate Coordinator (Candidature), School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), University of New South Wales
2017 -
Career position - Education Focused role, Australian Centre for Astrobiology

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  • The University of New South Wales (1958 - )

    Carol Oliver has held multiple roles within the Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA) and Department of Palaeontology, Geobiology and Earth Archives Research Centre (PANGEA) at the University of New South Wales

    Date: 2002 -

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