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Ms Melina Gillespie

Communication and Engagement Advisor


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Melina is the Communication and Engagement Advisor for the Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA) within the Energy Business Unit. She has a background in science, research and communication.

Melina has twenty years’ experience in the project management of research programs in the area of plant ecology, specifically in the revegetation of ecosystems post-mining. She has also undertaken research in the area of science communication.

Now a practising science communicator, she has expertise in communicating research outcomes to a wide range of target audiences on topics like agriculture, plant ecology, climate, energy and onshore gas, synthetic biology, and responsible innovation in science and technology.

Melina is passionate about encouraging the use of scientific research to inform decision making, and her focus is in the effective communication of research outcomes to, and engagement with, industry, government, academia and publics.

Current Roles

  • Communication and Engagement Advisor, GISERA CSIRO
    Providing communication advice and support to staff involved in GISERA projects, and managing projects in science communication.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2016

    Master of Communication (Science Communication)
    School of Communications and Arts, The University of Queensland

  • 2003

    Master of Philosophy (Ecology)
    School of Life Sciences, The University of Queensland

  • 1995

    Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    Botany Department, The University of Queensland

Professional Experiences

  • May 2017-June 2021

    Communication Advisor, Energy (& GISERA) and Land & Water Business Units

  • January 2016-April 2017

    Science Communicator
    Econnect Communication

  • July 2015-April 2017

    Communications and Admin Assistant
    The Crawford Fund

  • January 2015-June 2015

    Communications and Engagement Officer
    Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, The University of Queensland

  • December 2000-December 2014

    Senior Research and Research Officer
    Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, The University of Queensland

  • November 2006-March 2007

    Environmental Advisor
    Phosphate Hill Mine, Incitec Pivot Limited