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 President of the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) and the national communications coordinator for Curious Minds, an initiative that supports STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) engagement for all New Zealanders.
Prior to this, she worked at the New Zealand Science Media Centre and before arriving in Aotearoa in 2014 she spent 10 years communicating science in the UK, Canada and Australia. In 2016, Laura 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 Aotearoa New Zealand.
A fan of continuous learning, Laura has achieved A grades in both Māori Science (2016) and Social Marketing (2019) at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), and national certificates in Te Reo Māori (2016, 2017), Small Business and Project Management (2018) and Tikanga (Mātauranga) Māori (2019) at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWOA). She is now studying towards a diploma in Te Reo Māori at TWOA.
Laura holds an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London and an International Honours BSc in Human Genetics from the University of Leeds, which included a year in California studying Biology and Native American Studies.
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 awarded the runner up prize in the Daily Telegraph Science Writer Awards, the UK's most prestigious science writing competition.