The Committee

We run a range of events as broad and diverse as our members; from free talks on all things science (Cafe Sci) to science walks around the county.

The Committee


Robin Johnson, Chair

Robin was a psychiatric social worker, then a specialist advisor on mental health and housing with the department of health and later a journal editor. Later he was a journal editor and a visiting fellow at several universities. Robin now runs the Café Scientifique discussions at the Falmouth Poly; plays saxophone; and is currently working on a book on a humanistic methodology of science.

David Sünderhauf, Secretary

David researches antibiotic resistance as a PhD student at the University of Exeter, Penryn. Before coming to Cornwall, he spent four years in Scotland. Apart from volunteering for the BSA, he loves exploring Cornwall in his spare time. You can also find David on the University webpages or on Twitter.

Hugh White, Treasurer

Hugh is a masters student studying Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology at the University of Exeter’s Campus in Penryn. He loves Cornwall, having been researching and learning at the University here for four years and lined up for a PhD for another four years! His particular interests are bacterial evolution and society’s effect on human life-history; really, how biology comes home to affect us!

Samantha Salt, Social Media Officer

Sam is currently studying BSc Conservation Biology and Ecology at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus. She is passionate about getting people involved and thinking about science, and to consider how we can all use science and innovation to protect our beautiful planet and mitigate human-wildlife conflict, even in little ways.

Conor Kendrew, Community outreach

With a background in environmental science and conservation, Conor is the STEM ambasador for the Cornwall College group, and actively engaged in schools and other forms of outreach work, to connect us with the community across Cornwall.

Ben Toulson, Network engagement

Ben works at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, supporting student placements in a range of disciplines and organisations across the Duchy. Ben is hoping to utilise his extensive network and data skills to help us map – literally as well as figuratively – all science and knowledge-related societies, organisations and groups that we hope to work with. That’s quite some task.