I’m an academic researcher, an educator and a professional science communicator.
My career path has been anything but linear.
After starting my career as a high school science teacher, I took a turn and entered the world of science communication. I worked at various museums in Canada and Australia, developing and performing science shows, doing science demonstrations for daytime television. I produced award-winning education programs for the Australian Museum and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. I co-founded and directed the Sydney Science Festival — an annual world-class science festival delivered by over 60 associated partners and attended by ~100,000 people.
The teacher in me was curious to understand what people were learning from the science programs I produced. So, my career took a detour into education research. I embarked on a PhD at the University of New South Wales to explore the science of science education — measuring if and how science communication and education programs change people’s scientific literacy and perspectives of science. My research led me to the TEDx stage to share my findings about how doing real science can transform how people think.
Recently, my career took another slight curve toward gender equity research. I now work as a researcher for the Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador, an Australian Government initiative to address gender inequities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). I lead research projects to investigate how to dismantle barriers to girls’ and women’s participation in STEM. I also lead the Office’s national efforts to embed evaluation into equity programs — producing an evaluation guide to support program evaluation on a national scale. In addition, my role at the Office involves contributing evidence-based advice to Ministers and the STEM sector on the best ways to improve gender equity in STEM.