New board member for Science and Technology Australia

February 10, 2021

Refraction Media co-founder and publisher of the Science Meets Business site, Heather Catchpole, has joined the Board of Science and Technology Australia, Australia’s peak body in science and technology representing more than 80,000 scientists and technologists.

Refraction Media co-founder and publisher of the Science Meets Business site, Heather Catchpole, has joined the Board of Science and Technology Australia, Australia’s peak body in science and technology representing more than 80,000 scientists and technologists.

“We are delighted to have Heather’s expertise and insights as one of our excellent Board of directors,” the STA announced today.

With Co-Founder and Co-CEO Karen Taylor Brown, Ms Catchpole created Refraction Media in 2013 with a view to inspiring a smarter future. Since its inception, Refraction Media has engaged with over 200 clients across the science and technology sector, including the Office of the Chief Scientist, Academy of Science, Google, Atlassian, ANSTO, the Australian Council of Deans of Science and the Cooperative Research Centres Association.

Refraction Media is a STEM content agency delivering innovative and engaging content across research, education and business. They are the publishers of the Careers with STEM platform, an inspirational tool for students, parents and teachers on the future of work and careers in science, technology, engineering and maths, which reaches 750,000 students annually in digital, print and video.

Ms Catchpole is a member of the Australian Institute of Physics and Women in STEMM Australia and a passionate advocate for inclusion and equality in STEM.

“STEM drives social change and is the lead employment sector of the future. We have a responsibility to ensure fair and diverse representation in STEM fields as science, digital and engineering transformations influence the way we work as a society.

“Too often, unintentional and intentional bias can lead to fundamental inequality in access to work, equal pay, mobility and healthcare.”

Ms Catchpole has a background in geoscience and a Master of Science Communication from the Australian National University and has worked for more than 20 years as a science journalist, producer and editor. She brings a wealth of experience in science and technology, leadership, digital and business growth, client and partnership development and interactive media content creation to her new role.

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