2019 Judges

Meet Our 2019 Visualise Your Thesis Judges

Rose Hiscock

Director, Science Gallery Melbourne

Rose Hiscock is a cultural director in the field of STEAM – Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

Rose is the inaugural Director of Science Gallery Melbourne and The University of Melbourne Lead for Engagement Activation. She is responsible for the delivery of Science Gallery Melbourne, a new venue dedicated to engaging young adults through the collision of arts and science.

Prior to joining The University of Melbourne, Rose was CEO of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS). With an internationally renowned collection of more than 500,000 objects, MAAS includes the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and the Museums Discovery Centre.

Prior to the Powerhouse, Rose worked for The Australia Council for the Arts, where she held the position Executive Director, Arts Development. Responsible for building Australian arts nationally and internationally, she was integrally involved in the development of the new Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Rose’s career includes roles at Museum Victoria where she was responsible for commercial and audience growth across Museum Victoria’s portfolio of venues; Scienceworks, Melbourne Museum, The Royal Exhibition Building, IMAX Melbourne and the Immigration Museum.

Rose is committed to building a vibrant, balanced and accessible arts/science sector. She is a Board member of Back to Back Theatre, Australia’s highly successful company with a full-time ensemble of actors considered to have an intellectual disability and Deputy Chair Chunky Move, one of Australia’s premier contemporary dance companies.

To see the innovative kind of work Rose is involved in, catch the Science Gallery’s DISPOSABLE season through the month of August where they take you on a dumpster dive to find creative solutions to our throwaway culture. Curated with young adults for young adults, the season will be an experimental trash bag of installations, exhibits and events at sites throughout Melbourne.

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Alana Pirrone

Design and Communications Officer, The Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program

Melbourne School of Population & Global Health

Alana Pirrone specialises in data visualisation for knowledge translation. Utilising the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Alana has expertise in designing infographics, technical and plain language reports, conference presentations and other knowledge translation materials. Alana has particular experience in translating public health research outcomes into visual designs, and has been commissioned by the World Health Organisation, independent consulting firms, community health services and non-for-profits.

Alana runs a consultancy service through the University and has developed a short course on Design and Data Visualisation for Knowledge Translation. Alana has attended four workshops with international industry experts Edward Tufte, David McCandless, Andy Kirk and Stephanie Evergreen. She is also a member of the Evergreen Data Academy.

Alana completed her Bachelor of Health Science in 2007 with a triple major in Nutrition, Exercise Behaviour and Families, Society and Health. In 2008 she completed Honours with the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University. In 2014, Alana completed her Certificate 4 in Graphic Design. This unique combination of research and design skills ensures the accuracy, relevance and presentation quality of her work.

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Simon Clews

Melbourne Engagement Lab, Melbourne CSHE, The University of Melbourne

For fifteen years Simon Clews has been the Director of the University's Melbourne Engagement Lab where he has assisted, trained and motivated staff and graduate researchers to share their amazing work with the world. In a previous life he organised more literary events than most people have had hot dinners and in an even more previous life he worked in film, theatre and television. He also runs the University's 3MT competition and is currently working on a book to be published next year to be called The New Academic where he will offer a step by step guide to becoming an engaged academic.

Simon’s role as the Director of the Melbourne Engagement Lab at Melbourne University has allowed him to enhance the reputation of a world leading and innovative university through training, encouraging and facilitating some of Australia’s brightest minds to make their work accessible to non-academic audiences. This unique place supports postgraduate students, early career researchers and academic staff as they transform their research into writing for non-specialist audiences. Graduates of the Lab’s programs have published everything from award-winning books to trend-setting blogs, including articles, newspaper columns, opinion pieces and essays. Simon also works with writers and academics around the world to help them improve their writing and develop their careers as providers of creative, well-written non-fiction for a commercial market.

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