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.

Robin Johnson


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 Walker-Sünderhauf


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.

Maria Lambert

Social Media Officer

Maria is an undergraduate BSc student passionate about science and enamoured by the multi-faceted wonders of Biology. Inordinately curious, and a strong advocate of inclusivity and accessible education, she hopes to remain dedicated to the persual and dissemination of knowledge, particularly within science, through various media. Believing understanding to be the bedrock of progression, she is involved, and hopes to continue in, outreach work.

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.

Dr Roger Wood

Project Officer

Senior Lecturer in Education with a research and teaching background in marine biology, primatology, science education, nature conservation, outdoor and inquiry-based learning, and nature conservation. Formerly, 23 years’ experience as a primary school teacher and headteacher. His scientific research focuses on enhancing children’s and the public’s engagement with science and nature conservation through a range of practical approaches, including Forest School, Beach School and Ocean Literacy. This research includes helping adults to develop their confidence and enthusiasm when utilising practical approaches to children’s scientific learning.  Formerly the Vice-Chairman of the Jane Goodall Institute UK (chimpanzee conservation), he is now a Council Member of the Zoological Society of London, including membership of the Animal Welfare and Conservation committees.

Meaghan Castledine

Committee Member

Meaghan is a PhD student at the University of Exeter where she researches how bacteria evolve during infections after they are treated with viruses (phage therapy). She is particularly passionate about the importance of evolution in modern society and that scientific research is made accessible for all.

Jessica Forsyth

Article Writer

Jess is a Masters by research student at the University of Exeter studying the evolution of antibiotic resistance. Her interests lie in the potential use of bacteriophages in the treatment of resistant infections, particularly those caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli). She is a STEM ambassador and passionate about ensuring that the research conducted at the university is engaging and accessible to all.

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