STEM Matters appoints Vanessa Barrett as science communications director

Strategy, communications and content consultancy STEM Matters has appointed Vanessa Barratt as science communication director.

STEM Matters Science Communication Director Vanessa Barratt in China

The announcement:


STEM Matters Science Communication Director Vanessa Barratt in China Leading strategy, communications and content consultancy STEM Matters has appointed Vanessa Barratt as Science Communication Director.

The appointment reflects the increasing demand from universities and research institutions for specialized communicators who can translate complex science for mass audiences, including business and government.

“It’s vital for STEM Matters to offer clients access to accomplished science communicators like Vanessa,” CEO and Founder Kylie Ahern said. “With two decades of experience across a range of disciplines, her expertise reflects the incredibly broad nature of the Australian STEM landscape.”

Holding a science degree in zoology, Vanessa has worked as a science communicator in China, New Zealand, Australia and the UK including at London’s Natural History Museum, where she helped more than 300 researchers share their stories with both media and the public.

STEM Matters amplifies the impact of both scientists and their institutions, communicating complex research across traditional and social media channels, and provides new opportunities to inspire support from target business and government audiences.

The consultancy specializes in building relationships across complex political, departmental, academic and corporate structures to support the process of scientific storytelling for a wide range of media sectors, both local and international.

“In the ‘fake news’ era, there exists a rapidly growing global appetite for scientific content. I’m looking forward to seeing our team’s continued success and building upon our achievements in translating incredibly complex topics into stories that schools, industry and the general public can understand.”

“Communications is a science in itself, it’s not just about engaging with media. To raise awareness, researchers and their institutions need strategies that cater to the rapidly shifting digital world of online and social content. They also need someone who understands their needs, area of expertise and of course their audience,” says Ahern.

“This is why the work of STEM Matters is so important as we continue our mission to help Australians realise the benefit of investment in research through nurturing a science-literate community.”

For more information on STEM Matters visit http://stemmatters.global/.

From a STEM Matters media release.


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