Public Engagement Committee
Co-Deputy Director, Public Engagement
Daniel (Dan) Hikuroa is an earth systems scientist at the University of Auckland who integrates mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and science to enhance the value of his research to the communities he works with. For his PhD, Dan led a British Antarctic Survey deep field geology mapping expedition, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship looking into how naturally occurring climate change affected the world’s oceans and biosphere in the distant past. Among his many projects in recent years, Dan was a co-author on the 2014 State of the Hauraki Gulf Environment Report. More about Dan here.
Co-Deputy Director, Public Engagement
Siouxsie is an award-winning scientist who has made a career of manipulating microbes. She and her team make bacteria glow in the dark to understand how infectious microbes make us sick and to find new medicines. Siouxsie is also an enthusiastic tweeter, blogger, artist, curator and media science commentator and has won numerous prizes for her efforts, including the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize. In 2017, she published her first book, ‘Antibiotic resistance: the end of modern medicine?’, as part of the BWB Texts series. More about Siouxsie here.
Rhian is a Senior Lecturer in the Science faculty at Victoria University of Wellington. Before coming to New Zealand, she was based at the British Antarctic Survey in the UK for several years, working initially as an Antarctic atmospheric chemist (which included spending 18 months ‘overwintering’ on a remote Antarctic base) and later as education, communication and outreach coordinator for the International Polar Year 2007-2008. Rhian has expertise in catalysing conversations between scientists and different publics and currently leads the Engagement programme of the Deep South National Science Challenge. More about Rhian here.
Member, Te Pūnaha Matatini Public Engagement Committee
Jo is a designer and senior lecturer in visual communication at the School of Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey University. Her design practice focuses on facilitating access to information, communicating science environmental and social issues, and book design systems. Jo is also a Te Pūnaha Matatini-funded PhD candidate in the Centre for Science and Society Group at Victoria University Wellington. Her research investigates the divide between science communication theory and practice, and the potential for design (in various guises) to inform the development of both public engagement strategy and delivery. More about Jo here.
Jeanette McLeod is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Canterbury, and the President of the Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia. She is a pure mathematician and her main research interests are in combinatorics, in the area of graph theory. Jeanette is Co-founder and Director of the hugely popular, highly successful non-profit initiative Maths Craft New Zealand, which aims to “bring maths to the masses by celebrating the links between mathematics and craft”. More about Jeanette here.
Executive Manager, Te Pūnaha Matatini
Kate Hannah has a Master of Arts (2004) from Waikato University in 19th Century American Literary Culture. Her principal research area is the historiography of the history of science, with a focus on the cultures and subcultures of science, gender in science history, and narrative and complexity. She holds dual roles at Te Pūnaha Matatini, a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence for complex systems and networks – executive manager and associate investigator; she is a research fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of Auckland, course convener of Science Scholars 101, and a Te Pūnaha Matatini-funded PhD candidate in the Science and Society Group at Victoria University Wellington, investigating novel hybrid methodologies for the historiography of science. Basically, she’s a historian in a Physics department. More about Kate here.
Research Operations Coordinator, Te Pūnaha Matatini
Kathryn coordinates Te Pūnaha Matatini’s day to day research operations and communications requirements, and provides critical support to the executive management team. After graduating with a Masters of Sciences in Physical Geography from the University of Auckland, Kathryn worked initially as a researcher at several organisations, and also spent 12 years in a variety of roles at the Auckland Museum. Later, she trained in secondary education and for a number of years was a high school teacher – highly translatable experience for when dealing with academics! More about Kathryn here.
Communications and Marketing Advisor, Te Pūnaha Matatini
Greg is supporting Te Pūnaha Matatini’s communications requirements as part of his role with the University of Auckland’s Science Faculty marketing team. Since graduating with a Science degree in Physiology from the University of Auckland, Greg has worked as a magazine and news editor, medical writer, health journalist, and technology blogger for a variety of publishing firms and marketing agencies based in New Zealand, Singapore and the UK. More about Greg here.