I’m a professional science communicator, educator and science event producer.
After being a high school science teacher for four years, I decided to switch gears and enter the world of informal science education. I worked at various cultural institutions in Canada and Australia developing and performing science shows, doing science demonstrations for daytime television and managing large-scale initiatives including National Science and Technology Week (Canada). I also produced award-winning education programs and resources for The Mars Lab, a STEM education program located at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
Most recently, I was director and co-founder of the Sydney Science Festival — an annual science festival (attended by about 85,000 people in 2018), which celebrates and showcases Sydney’s science and innovation community. I had the chance to lead its development, from its inaugural year in 2015 until 2017, and watch it grow into a successful world-class science festival that has 65 associated partners.
I was working on all these great science initiatives, but I was curious to find out what impact they were having. The teacher in me wanted to know what people were learning. So, I decided to embark on a PhD at the University of New South Wales to research and measure the impacts of both formal and informal science education on people’s scientific literacy as well as their understanding, attitudes and perspectives of science. I'm currently in the final year of my PhD and expect to complete in September 2019.