Laura is a science communicator: she tells stories about cool discoveries and scientific innovation in a way that is understandable and relevant to people from various cultural and knowledge backgrounds.
Science is such a big part of society - from smartphones and healthcare to predicting the weather and tackling crime - but it can be really confusing unless it's explained clearly and in an engaging way. This is what Laura does - and helps others to do too.
Laura is currently the communications lead for Curious Minds, an initiative that supports STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) engagement for all New Zealanders. Prior to this, she spent 10 years communicating science in the UK and two years in Canada and Australia before working for another two years at the New Zealand Science Media Centre.
Laura also founded Mātau Taiao, which shares inspiring stories from people bringing together Indigenous knowledge and science, with cultural approval from Māori experts, and is the first blog of its kind in New Zealand. She has achieved a paper in Māori Science (A+) at Victoria University of Wellington and a Level 4 Certificate in Te Reo Māori (the Māori language). Ever the learner, Laura is now studying towards a Certificate in Small Business and Project Management.
Laura holds an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London and an International Honours BSc in Human Genetics from the University of Leeds in combination with Biology and Native American Studies at the University of California, Irvine.
Laura has worked at Think-Lab as a communications consultant for Defra and other clients. She also co-founded Science London (the central city branch of the British Science Association) and led tours through London's Science Museum.
In 2007 she was prizewinner in the Daily Telegraph Science Writer Awards, the UK's most prestigious science writing competition.