Ben grew up in Queensland, Australia. He has a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Class I) from the University of Queensland, majoring in zoology and animal behaviour. He later completed a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication at the Australian National University. Ben is currently studying medicine at the University of Notre Dame Australia.
Ben has worked for the Commonwealth government, Chinese government, a medical research facility and an environmental NGO. He has lived and worked in Canberra, Darwin and Sydney in Australia, and Hainan and Beijing in China.
In 2011, while building his own science communication business in Beijing, Ben was diagnosed with colorectal cancer - he was 28 years old. Ben was treated for 18 months in Australia and had radiotherapy, chemotherapy and a couple of surgeries.
After treatment, while trying to find his way in a post-cancer world, Ben decided to become a doctor. Ben volunteers, advocates, writes and speaks about colorectal cancer, living with cancer, cancer in young adults, medicine and medical education. His words have appeared in the Huffington Post, ABC Online, Cosmos and the China Daily. He has appeared on ABC Radio National, Sunrise, 9 News, 7 News and China Radio International.
What other people say about me
Brave Ben beat bowel cancer and now wants to be a doctor. Know Pathology [Read]
Love goes the distance. Financial Times [Read]
Career profile. Science [Read}
Communicating cancer. UQ Graduate Contact Magazine [Read]
Spreading the word on Chinese science. Careers that started in science, The University of Queensland [Read]
China’s knowledge economy – Science communicator Ben Bravery. Agenda
Australian-Chinese cooperation on science education. Guangzhou TV
My life in Beijing. Beijing Radio AM774
Ben Bravery and his scientific communication company in China. CRI – Expat Tales [Listen]
When I grow up – I want to be a zoologist. Beijing Kids [Read]
Datian’s connection with Australia. Hainan Daily.
Bowerbirds lose their mojo, but not for long. ABC News in Science. [Read]