DIRECTOR | NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE - QUESTACON
Graham Durant is Director of Questacon, Australia's National Science and Technology Centre and an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. He trained as a geologist and learned to dive to undertake his PhD work on the Scottish continental shelf while also contributing to offshore geophysical surveys as part of a university departmental marine geology team.
Prior to coming to Australia Graham worked for 25 years at the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow where he looked after geology collections, lectured in marine geology, undertook research projects and acted as a petrological consultant for the North Sea oil industry. In Australia he led the development of the Inspiring Australia initiative. He is now a board member of the Australian Science Media Centre, a member of the Council for Australasian Museum Directors and Vice-President of ASPAC, the Asia-Pacific network of science centres.
Graham is supportive of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and advocates for the global cooperative work of the science centre sector believing that science communication activities can contribute to the fostering of understanding across geographical, economic, religious and political boundaries. Graham escapes to the ocean in his sea kayak whenever possible.