(short biography and photos available here )
Martin brings a scientist's view to learning, science education, policy and industry engagement.
Martin Westwell is the first Director of the Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century.
The Centre, formally launched by the Premier in January 2008, supports the decision making of policy makers, leaders in education, teachers, parents and young people to help shape the future of science education.
After completing his degree and PhD at Cambridge University, Martin moved to Oxford University as a Research Fellow in Biological and Medical Sciences at Lincoln College. While at Oxford, Martin undertook a number of research projects from producing artificial DNA, to drug discovery for tropical diseases and neurodegeneration. He also began a program of work in science education and public-engagement-with-science.
Martin left academia to work in the biotechnology industry and then with a number of science education organisations returning to Oxford in 2005 as the Deputy Director of the Institute for the Future of the Mind. Here he ran the research program on the influence of modern lifestyles and technologies on the minds of the young and the old. Throughout all of the work at the Institute for the Future of the Mind, Martin worked with government, teachers, parents and others to provide access to scientific evidence to help inform their decision-making about the learning and education of young people.
Martin has won a number of awards for communicating science to non-scientists including, in 1999, being named by The Times newspaper as Scientist of the New Century.
Martin and his family moved to Adelaide in September 2007. His wife Val is a maths teacher and they have two boys who attend Bridgewater Primary School in the Adelaide Hills and Urrbrae Agricultural High School.