Bobby is an experienced science communication practitioner, consultant and award-winning film-maker.
Bobby completed a science degree at the University of Melbourne in 1995, and a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication at the Australian National University in 1997. Her PhD research at ANU examines the roles and experiences of science heroes within contemporary society, and investigates whole of life engagement with science. As part of this research, she has recently recorded interviews across the UK, USA and Australia with some of the world’s most renowned science researchers and communicators.
Bobby is a previous recipient of a Melbourne University Alumni Award (1995), a British Council Chevening Scholarship (1998) and a Scinema Award (2008).
Since 1998, she has been responsible for creating science engagement programs for a wide variety of organisations and audiences in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Her professional experience includes overseeing events and programs during the UK’s Science Year and Planet Science campaigns, hosting interactive workshops and programs in a wide variety of settings including for live and broadcast audiences, designing science communication initiatives such as public exhibitions, experiments, online resources and education activities, and developing operational partnerships with organisations across the science and technology sector.
Bobby is the founding director of the Science and Factual Filmmakers' Network, an online community supporting emerging filmmakers. She is a former Chair and current member of the ACT Coordinating Committee for National Science Week.
Australian Science Communicators (ASC), British Interactive Group (BIG), Public Communication of Science and Technology network (PCST)
PhD project: Heroes of Science - image, inspiration and impacts
This research project is concerned with the social construction of science heroes and their relationships with the public. It seeks to characterise the roles and experiences of contemporary science heroes, with a view to informing international efforts to inspire, recruit and retain future generations of scientists.
Additional research interests
Public engagement with emerging science and technology through the use of storytelling, new media and social networks; the use of theatre as a communication tool for science; and the role of parents in supporting lifelong engagement in science.