I am a freelance science journalist, broadcaster and author, who is yet to meet a piece of research I don’t find fascinating. In more than a decade of freelance reporting, I have written for publications and websites including Scientific American, Nature, Australian Geographic, Ecos, Medicine Today, Frontline Medical News, BBC Future, ABC Science and ABC Health and Wellbeing.
I am author of The End: The Human Experience Of Death , editor of The Best Australian Science Writing 2015 anthology, and co-author of The Sixth Wave: How To Succeed In A Resource-Limited World.
I’m also an experienced public speaker, facilitator and panel chair, having performed these roles at events including the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, and the Brisbane Writers’ Festival
Since the launch of the government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda in December 2015, the idea that Australia needs innovation to drive the economy has been hammered into the public consciousness with all the subtlety of a piledriver. The message was further reinforced in the run-up to the general election in July, which saw the ruling coalition barely retain power.
Australian politicians are embracing innovation as the wellspring for future wealth, but will it come at the expense of basic and fundamental research? Read more.