Dr. Paul Willis

Popular science presenter, Director of the Royal Institution of Australia.


Dr Paul Willis is a respected leader in the science community, and joined RiAus in 2011 as Director, continuing an impressive career in science and science communication.

At home in front of an audience, Paul is passionate about informing, educating and exciting people about science and is keen to talk about science in a variety of public forums. A skilled facilitator, speaker and host, Paul’s unique style and personality make him a popular choice for a wide range of events and audiences.

Previous experience

Background: Dr Willis has a background in vertebrate palaeontology, studying the fossils of crocodiles and other reptiles. He also has an extensive career in science communication working for the ABC on TV programs such as Catalyst and Quantum as well as radio and online. He’s written books and articles on dinosaurs, fossils and rocks, and has led eight public expeditions to Antarctica. Now as Director of RiAus, he’s finding new ways to engage the people of Australia with the science that underpins their world.