Michael Thomson provides communications and stakeholder engagement support for the researchers within the Department of Agriculture, Science and Environment.
He has a research interest in supporting new methods of extending innovation and encouraging adoption of new technologies by the community, in particular the use of creative non-fiction storytelling to motivate a willingness to change behaviour.
University of Queensland (1995-98) - B.A. (double major in journalism, minor in English Literature)
2006 - McKillop Prize for Rural Reporting from the NSW Farmers' Association, for coverage of the AWB Oil for Food scandal.
2005 - Finalist in the Eureka Awards for science reporting.
2004 - Rural Press Journalist of the Year.
2003 - Qld Media Award for Excellence in Rural Journalism from the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, for coverage of the Qld land clearing debate.
RHD communications training - two-day workshops for postgraduate scholars sponsored by Australia's red meat R&D corporations.
Rockhampton Golf Club Committee 2018 to present.
2015 - Advanced Facilitation training
2014 - Certified in the use of Advanced Google Analytics
1995 - AMEB - 6th Grade Speech and Drama
1990 - AMEB - 5th Grade Theory of Music
Lead editor and contributing author to the 2019 publication, 'Concept to Impact - The story of the Sheep CRC 2001-2019'.
2007-10 National Online Editor, FarmOnline network, Rural Press / Fairfax Agricultural Media
2010-15 Senior Consultant, Cox + Inall Communications, Australia's leading public relations firm specialising in agribusiness issues.
Agriculture, Land and Farm Management - Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness