Scott A Hocknull
Scott is a vertebrate palaeontologist, science communicator and 3-D digitisation, virtual technology advocate and practitioner in the museum community. He has over 20 years of experience in palaeontology having published his first paper aged 16. He started at the Queensland Museum in 1990 as a 12 year old volunteer, working in the palaeontology and geology department, and then landing his first job as a Queensland Museum Interpretation Officer, aged 17, then in 2000 his dream job as a curator for Queensland Museum. Among other honours Scott was awarded the Young Australian of the Year in 2002, which provided him a unique platform to develop and promoted Australian vertebrate palaeontology research and community engagement.
Realising that most of museum collections are hidden from public view, Scott has become a strong advocate for 3D digitising museum collections and open science for public and research, applying technologies to museum collections to better interpret and demonstrate our natural and geo-heritage. He is currently working on new 3-D digital and virtual ways to better capture our fossil heritage in digital perpetuity whilst using this same technology to do robust research and engage the public by providing more in depth experiences with Australia’s vast fossil heritage. Scott is an advocate for strong regional and remote connections between museums, especially new and developing museums that house important fossil and geological collections.