Meet Our Staff
I was thrilled to join Cambridge Science Centre as CEO in January 2017 and to become a part of such a remarkable team that’s so passionate about making STEM thrilling and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.
I started my working career in the pharmaceutical industry and have since had forays into newspaper and magazine publishing, fast-moving consumer goods manufacturing, medical device design and development consulting, as well as international language learning schools. Outside of work, I’m a sometime gardener and I’d love to learn to play the piano one day. In the meantime, in any spare time I can be found out walking with our dog
I’m a biologist by training, with a degree in genetics and a PhD in animal development. I enjoyed many things about working in a research lab but the most rewarding experiences for me came from sharing my enthusiasm for the subject with others.
Since joining the Cambridge Science Centre in 2013, I’ve worked on the frontline of communicating science to kids, families and school groups, as well as delving behind the scenes to develop new exhibitions. I want to inspire a sense of curiosity and to show people that there is always fun to be had in learning something new. Nowadays, I lead our evaluation programme, with the goals of continually improving what our charity can do and understanding the impact our work can have on young people’s lives.
I always wanted to be a “scientist” without really knowing what that might mean! I took a degree in biology while working in the pharmaceutical industry, where I stayed until I had my children. Once they started at school, I got a job as a school laboratory technician, where I did lots of the classroom demonstrations and also ran the STEM club. That’s where I heard about the Cambridge Science Centre. When I saw their advert for Science Communicators, I knew I had to apply.
Currently, I work as the Head of Exhibitions, helping to write new shows and workshops that are delivered by the team of communicators, as well as writing the COSMOS online content of articles, challenges and creative activities. A colleague recently said to me “you could come into work carrying absolutely anything and nobody would bat an eyelid”. I think that pretty much sums up my job! Probably the most unusual thing I’ve brought in so far is an inflatable torso! But watch this space…
Creativity and education have always been driving forces behind all my career ambitions. I love to be able to communicate with people, showing what opportunities are out there to explore their potential.
After getting my degree in philosophy and English literature, I was fortunate enough to complete an internship in marketing and events at Creative Front Cambridgeshire. I was delighted to join the Cambridge Science Centre in 2014 – a place where knowledge, innovation and creativity come together to get the future generation excited about all things science! In my free time I enjoy volunteering for community projects and I am a certifiable movie buff and bookworm.
I joined Cambridge Science Centre in February 2018 to take on the role of Development Manager. I have over 25 years experience of working with businesses in both a fundraising and business development capacity and have helped a wide variety of voluntary sector organisations to adopt effective fundraising strategies.
I have a real passion for engaging with young people and, through my role as a School Governor, I feel strongly that we need to enthuse and provide as many opportunities to discover talents and enjoyment for learning as we can. If it’s fun and interactive then young people’s passions are ignited. Outside of work I am a very keen marathon walker. I also love live theatre and attending concerts and singing as loudly as possible – although my friends wish I didn’t!
I have lived and worked in many places in the US and Europe. I worked for the US military as an Accounting Technician and then as a Project Manager, overseeing projects reporting to The Pentagon.
Both my children went to school at the Sornoran Science Academy in Arizona. They were filled which such excitement and interest in what they were learning, it made me realise the importance of introducing science to children at a young age. I wanted to work for the Cambridge Science Centre because it’s such a great cause. As a parent, I know the importance of the work and the impact on our future. CSC’s outreach and roadshows present science in a fun, interesting and educational way so children can learn while having fun. I am happy to be a part of the team because science is such an important part of our future…
Before joining the Cambridge Science Centre in 2015, I studied Ergonomics, which when roughly translated means “the science of work”. During my studies I often worked as a children’s entertainer, and so subsequently decided to become a Science Communicator – as it offered the best of both worlds requiring the deliverer to be both educational and entertaining in order to be engaging and create as many memorable moments as possible.
I am now responsible for maintaining and building exhibits at the science centre. There are more than 100 cool exhibits that are used in a range of settings – from our school roadshows to public displays at a number of Barclays branches across the region. Most of my work focuses on making sure all the exhibits are in top shape to allow the next generation of scientists to experiment and explore a whole range of phenomena and principles. It’s the coolest job!
I joined the Cambridge Science Centre in 2015 as a Science Communicator and took on the role of Product Development Officer in 2018.
I really love the opportunity to engage with members of the public of all ages. In any one day I can be explaining anything and everything – from how you can exercise in microgravity to Newton’s laws of motion. When you can see something click for a child, that’s really the best bit.
My own love of science was sparked by the chance to test and try things out in the classroom. I wasn’t good at reading and writing at school and the real spark for me was using a model car to learn about friction. I thought it was the most amazing thing ever! I went on to study medicine, which has sparked my strong interest in human biology. I am really excited about our new centre and the growth of our on-the-road programme so we can take hands-on science out to the community
I’ve had a passion for science ever since I was in primary school, when an inspirational teacher and some really great school trips really hooked me in. I went on to study environmental sciences at university followed by a PGCE and have worked in a wide variety of areas, including the recycling industry, museums and heritage, as well as environmental education.
I have two children in primary school and I’ve been chatting to them about science topics since they were toddlers. I love seeing how their understanding of scientific concepts expands year on year, and becomes second nature to them. I’m delighted to be working at Cambridge Science Centre, providing families with the opportunity to explore their understanding of science and engineering together. The best part of my job is passing on scientific concepts and ideas to children. When that understanding sparks questions and curiosity, then I know I’ve done my job well!
After studying chemistry at university, I worked for many years in academic scientific publishing. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to teach science to teenagers who had found it difficult to learn in mainstream school. I really enjoyed getting back to basics and looking for interesting ways to introduce young people to a whole range of fun and relevant topics.
What I enjoy most about the Cambridge Science Centre is seeing people of all ages enjoying the hands-on exhibits at all sorts of different levels, just relaxing and having fun. Parents and grandparents rediscovering concepts that might be long buried, enjoying sharing their knowledge with their offspring, as well as learning some new facts that they maybe hadn’t come across before.
I joined the Cambridge Science Centre as a Cosmos Communications Officer in 2016 and have been working mostly on our school and community science roadshows as part of our outreach programme. I’ve always been passionate about science communication and I’ve had the good luck to be able to pursue my passion in Portugal, Ireland (where I completed a PhD in science communication/outreach) and now in the UK! When I am not working I love reading, hiking and, playing and watching all types of sports.
An unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a never fading curiosity pushed me to study astrophysics to challenge the mysteries of deep space. As I studied the wonders of the Universe, I was always keen to share my enthusiasm about science in lots of different ways – from radio shows to public seminars through theatre and baking.
I joined the Cambridge Science Centre in 2017 as a Science Communicator to share my enthusiasm about science with as many people as possible and make it more accessible to different audiences. I am particularly keen to explore different ways of engaging with the public. When I’m not out and about having a great time communicating about science, I enjoy cooking, singing, acting, reading and going to art exhibitions.
Growing up in Cambridge, it’s hard not to be inspired by some of the incredible science that happens here. As a pharmacist I have always been interested in science communication and informal learning, particularly hearing about the breakthroughs at the forefront of research. I joined the Cambridge Science Centre as a Science Communicator in 2016. I now also run the Cambridge hub on behalf of the national presenter network (in association with the Royal Observatory). When I’m not working, I’m normally producing music, checking out art, or editing the independent/indie music section of an online magazine.
After working and volunteering at various museums and tourist attractions, I am excited to be a part of the Science Communicator team at the Cambridge Science Centre. Here I can engage with young people, families and the wider community to pass on my enthusiasm for STEM, inspire curiosity and help make science, technology, engineering and maths accessible for all. In my free time I volunteer as a Leader with Girlguiding and enjoy supporting girls and young women to have fun and gain new experiences.
As a Science Communicator at Cambridge Science Centre, I perform and design engaging and informative shows, workshops and activities.
I joined the charity in 2018 and previously developed presentation, design and academic skills in various academic and professional roles. As a PhD candidate, I presented scientific concepts for schools, professional development evenings, academic conferences and the general public across various media, including articles, talks, workshops and radio. I also co-developed an outreach programme for academics. Outside of work, I enjoy playing badminton and trumpet, and trips to the cinema and theatre.
It can be difficult to remember all that we learned in school science lessons, but for me, it’s easy to remember the people who guided me through them. I remember the awe I felt towards my science teachers – their knowledge, passion, personality and their stories. Science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) shouldn’t be daunting subjects that we dread, but themes for everyone to feel comfortable to explore. This is what has drawn me to become a science communicator – to increase enjoyment and access to STEM across all ages and backgrounds.
I joined the Cambridge Science Centre (CSC) in April 2014, after spending eight years in Sheffield, working towards an MBiolSci in Biochemistry and Microbiology and a PhD in Infectious Medicine. Whilst there, I also worked on events such as Pint of Science and PubhD, which help increase public understanding of current scientific research. Cambridge has a wealth of scientists, but what I love most about CSC is that we work across the East of England, aiming to reach people who may not necessarily have the time or access to all the cool things we have here in the city!
Hi. I my Name is Mario and I work as a Science Communicator. I am passionate about Science, Technology Engineering and Maths and love working with children and families. I am very keen to inspire every child to explore the vast possibilities and discoveries that Science and Engineering can provide, for them to develop a love and enthusiasm for the field and most of all to make Science and Engineering fun for everyone!
I have been passionate about STEM from a very early age. I have always been intrigued about how things work, which was part of what inspired me to do an Engineering degree. I have a very keen interest in how Technology has changed through the years and am always on the lookout for the next big thing. I am really excited to be a part of the Cambridge Science Centre team and do my part to help making Science as accessible and exciting for all.