Skip to content
Education Training, Research Development

CDU researcher makes ABC Top 5 Science

Charles Darwin University 2 mins read
Charles Darwin University (CDU) researcher Dr Rohan Fisher has been chosen to attend this year's prestigious ABC Top 5 Science media residency.

A Charles Darwin University (CDU) researcher is one of only five academics across Australia to be chosen to attend this year’s prestigious ABC Top 5 Science media residency.

CDU’s Northern Institute Researcher, Dr Rohan Fisher has been chosen to attend the two-week media residency facilitated by ABC RN, which will see him spend time alongside the country’s best specialist journalists and broadcasters.

Throughout the program, Dr Fisher will have the opportunity to gain hands-on learning and engage with teams across ABC radio, TV, digital and social media.

Dr Fisher said attending the residency will help to develop his professional skills and further his work.

“I applied not expecting to be selected so I was excited to learn that I would be attending this program,” Dr Fisher said.

“I am looking forward to gaining a better understanding of the way media works to help build my skills and capacity in this area to better promote my research in the future.”

“This residency will assist me in making better connections so that I can get more traction when engaging with significant organisations about the work that I am doing.”

Dr Fisher’s research work is focused on using technology to support knowledge exchange in the complex cross-cultural landscape of remote Australia.

His interests involve working with Indigenous Land Managers in the remote Northern Territory to use satellite data to help develop fire management practices.

Inspired by this work, Dr Fisher has developed Projection Augmented Landscape Models (PALM) that use environmental modelling, cultural mapping and simulations of landscape processes projected onto 3D-printed landscapes. 

He has used this hybrid digital-tactile landscape visualisation technology around the world for a broad range of applications.

This includes fire management, climate change adaptation and, most recently, to support areas of mine site rehabilitation where it has facilitated the clear articulation of mine closure processes.

“I am exploring new ways of communicating science to create shared knowledge,” Dr Fisher said.

“Science generally prioritises the creation of data and information, but rarely does it strive to create knowledge and a shared understanding beyond those within a community of experts, so my work is trying to change this.”

Director of the Northern Institute Professor Kim Humphery congratulated Dr Fisher on this achievement saying it is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the media and how it can assist in promoting research.

“I want to congratulate Rohan on being chosen to attend this highly respected media residency. It is wonderful to see one of CDU’s researchers being recognised in this way,” Professor Humphry said.

“Media is a very powerful tool in helping to promote the wonderful work we do at CDU, and we look forward to hearing from Rohan about what he learns and how this can help him to further the practical and public impact of his work.”

The media residency will run from September 4 to September 15 with attendees spending a week at ABC’s Sydney offices before undertaking a further week of online training. 

See here for more information on Dr Fisher’s work and more information on the ABC Top 5 Science media residency can be found here.

Contact details:

Emily Bostock
Acting Research Communications Officer

T: +61 8 8946 6529
M: 0432 417 518


More from this category

  • Education Training, Union
  • 27/05/2024
  • 16:50
National Tertiary Education Union

*** MEDIA ALERT *** Victorian University staff to protest in Footscray from 8am

*** MEDIA ALERT **** What: NTEU members at Victoria University will rally outside a Victoria University (VU) University Council meeting and deliver an open letter to council members Who: NTEU leaders and members available for interview When: Tuesday May 28, 8am – 9am Where: VU’s Footscray Park campus, corner of Ballarat Rd and Mills Close, Footscray Contact: Victoria University NTEU Branch President Brandy Cochrane – 0415 576 572 NTEU Victorian Division Secretary Sarah Roberts – 0412 495 146

  • Culturally and linguistically diverse, Education Training
  • 27/05/2024
  • 11:28
Charles Darwin University

International conference brings Darwin to Greece and the world

The anglicisation of family names in Greek migrants, understanding interactions between Greeks and Indigenous Australians, using AI to teach Modern Greek, and more will…

  • Contains:
  • Education Training, Government QLD
  • 24/05/2024
  • 15:28
Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA)

Queensland Government Skills Strategy Right For Townsville

The Queensland Government’s new skills strategy will help address skills shortages across the Townsville region according to the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the peak body representing independent skills training, higher education, and international education providers. At a key meeting of skills training sector stakeholders in Townsville yesterday (23 May 2024) the ITECA Chief Executive, Troy Williams, spoke about the importance of the new strategy. “The 2024-28 Queensland Skills Strategy certainly sets a clear direction to ensure that Townsville, and Queensland more broadly, has the skilled workers it needs now and into the future, while providing a modern, responsive,…

  • Contains:

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.