Laura Goodall

science communicator

About Laura

photo of LauraIn a nutshell...

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.

Storytelling in New Zealand

After 10 years of communicating science in the UK and spending another two years in Canada and Australia, Laura is now working at New Zealand's Science Media Centre, where she has been helping journalists report on science news.

Laura recently 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 is also studying Te Reo Māori at Te Wānanga o te Aotearoa and Māori Science at Victoria University of Wellington.


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 city branch of the British Science Association) and led tours through London's Science Museum.

In 2007 she was a prizewinner for the Daily Telegraph Science Writer Awards, the UK's most prestigious science writing competition.