CSIRO Research Projects Officer, Ms Shelley Rodriguez.

CSIRO Research Projects Officer, Ms Shelley Rodriguez.

Ms Shelley Rodriguez: effectively communicating about low emission energy technologies

Ms Shelley Rodriguez applies her expertise and skill to effectively communicate the science surrounding low emission energy technologies. Her work has particularly focused on carbon capture and storage, a new and emerging technology.

  • 3 August 2011 | Updated 14 October 2011


Ms Shelley Rodriguez joined CSIRO in 2008 as a Research Projects Officer in the Science into Society Group, working on a range of projects within the Energy Transformed Flagship.

Current activities

Ms Rodriguez has worked extensively in public acceptance of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and compared the communication, project planning and management for CCS projects on an international scale.

She is currently working on a project with the Global CCS Institute exploring perceptions of carbon dioxide and CCS, and developing materials to effectively communicate with the general public about this emerging technology.

She also recently helped report on a one day CCS Stakeholder Day in Tokyo, Japan on Friday 19 November 2010 held by CSIRO and the Global CCS Institute. In total, 75 participants attended the workshop with the majority of participants from Japan. The focus of the day was around communication and public awareness of CCS projects, particularly concentrating on the results from earlier work sponsored by the Institute – namely, the ‘International Comparison of Public Outreach Practices Associated with Large-Scale CCS Projects’ project. The report details the presentations and discussions which occurred throughout the day.

Academic qualifications

Ms Rodriguez has been awarded a Bachelor of Business Communication, with majors in Marketing and Public Relations and Organisational Communication, by the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2007.

She has also completed courses on statistics and human research ethics for social and interdisciplinary scientists.


Ms Rodriguez has also been awarded with:

  • Membership upon graduation into Dean’s Honour Role 2007 for Academic Excellence, The University of Queensland, Business School, St Lucia
  • Society of Business Communicators High Achievement Award for Academic Excellence in The University of Queensland, Bachelor of Business Communication, 2007. 

Ms Rodriguez was a member of the University of Queensland team presented at the 2006 and 2007 Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) National Competition, achieving 3rd and 2nd runner up, respectively.

She later co-authored and presented a paper titled, 'SIFE UQ: Capacity building through engaged scholarship' at the 2008 Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance (AUCEA) National Conference.

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