Susan Watts works in journalism and communications as a writer, broadcaster chair and speaker on science, technology, environment, medicine and health issues in their political, social and economic context.
Most recently, Susan has been Head of Communications at two research council institutes, Rothamsted Research and the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, where she advised the institute directors on strategy, ran media operations and led outreach programmes, alongside researchers.
With contacts across cutting-edge science and technology, she maintains a keen knowledge of the latest research priorities and their interplay with public policy-making. Current projects include chairing debates/discussions and “masterclass” workshops on science communications and engagement.
Susan is a trustee of the Scottish Association for Marine Science in Oban, and a physics graduate of Imperial College London. She was at the forefront of science and technology journalism in the UK for nearly two decades on the BBC’s Newsnight programme (1995-2013) where, as science editor, she helped to shape some of the most significant national debates.