About our team


Paul Holper

Paul is an experienced science communicator. He is the co-founder and co-Director of Scientell, a science and environment communication company established in 2015. The company specialises in distilling technical information into clear messages for non-technical audiences. Since inception, Scientell has successfully completed more than 60 projects for government, universities, private companies and NGOs, nationally and internationally.

From 2003 to 2014, he managed CSIRO’s involvement in the Australian Climate Change Science Program, the nation’s largest such research activity. He also managed a major CSIRO program developing Australia’s most comprehensive national climate change projections, released in early 2015. Paul convened the Australian climate change science GREENHOUSE conferences in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013, each attracting more than 300 Australian and international delegates.



Simon Torok

Simon is co-Director of Scientell. He has worked in communication for 25 years, including as communication manager for CSIRO in Melbourne and Canberra, as the communication manager for the Tyndall Centre in England, and as editor of science magazines for young people in Australia.

He is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne, on the Advisory Board of the Monash University TV Weather Presenters as Climate Communicators project and is on the Expert Advisory Committee of the Australian Institute of Performance Sciences.

Simon completed a PhD in climate change science at the University of Melbourne, and has a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication from the Australian National University. He has published more than 150 newspaper, magazine and scientific journal articles and, with Scientell’s co-Founder Paul Holper, he has co-authored 19 popular science and climate change books, several of which have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Hungarian.


Cherese Sonkkila

Cherese is a Science Communicator at Scientell. She is passionate about translating complex information into engaging content. She prides herself on her creative flair and has worked on a range of popular science, education and bespoke publications. Most notably, she has written for the Postgraduate Survival Guide, the Heinemann Biology 1 textbook, and COSMOS magazine.

She was the art and popular culture editor for Lateral Magazine in 2017, and a founder and editor-in-chief of in Brief Magazine in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from The University of Melbourne and completed her thesis on the impacts of science communication on experiences of natural environments. She currently works with academics at The University of Melbourne researching urban ecology and environmental psychology. In her spare time, she can be found performing science-related stand-up comedy and was a finalist in RAW Comedy 2019.




Catriona Nguyen-Robertson

Royal Society of Victoria

Catriona is a PhD candidate at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. She also works as a science mentor at the Gene Technology Access Centre, and engages with younger students through outreach programs such as In2Science and Young Scientists of Australia. She is a science communications officer for the Royal Society of Victoria and Convergence Science Network, and social media ambassador for the Australasian Society for Immunology. She is also actively involved in the National Science Week Victorian Coordinating Committee as an assistant to the Victorian Science Week Lead, and organising events for the Day of Immunology with the Australasian Society for Immunology.


Karen Pearce

Bloom Communication

Karen Pearce is an experienced science communicator and editor. She was appointed Communication Officer for the Australian Climate Change Science Program, a joint appointment between CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and the (then) Australian Greenhouse Office of the Commonwealth Government. She established Bloom Communication in 2007, through which she has developed and produced scientific publications and communication products for government departments, research agencies, publishers and private enterprises. Her speciality is the communication of scientific and technical information in the areas of environment, natural resource management and climate change. 


Lynette Smith

gramma communications

Lynette Smith has been writing and producing communications for nearly 20 years, starting as writer and editor of Museum, the magazine of the Museum of Victoria. Over her career, she has worked at Questacon, Scienceworks, Environment Protection Authority, RMIT University and the Bureau of Meteorology, before becoming an independent writer and communications specialist. Lynette established gramma communications in 2016 and is an associate of Scientell. She is experienced in managing communication campaigns, producing web, print and audio-visual publications, and writing technical reports, training guides, and media releases. More recently, Lynette has focussed on working with experts in science, technology and public policy to communicate what they do to their audiences.


Jerome Pelletier

Stepping Stone Films

Jerome Pelletier has over 30 years’ experience in the video film industry and in 1999 established Stepping Stone Films Pty Ltd. He uses documentaries as an authentic and powerful way to communicate stories. His passion for creating unique and beautiful images stems from his discovery of his father’s super 8 camera. Local and international clients entrust Jerome and his team to communicate their story beyond expectations, and the quality of his work as a Director of Photography has been acknowledged with over 20 awards from the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS)


Lea Walpole

Graphic Designer

Lea Walpole is a freelance graphic designer with more than 25 years of experience and five Printing Industry Craftmanship Awards under her belt. She originally trained as a finished artist, with Neville Jeffress Advertising, and continued in advertising as a graphic designer and finished artist. In 2000, she began working as a graphic designer at CSIRO, after which she moved to freelance graphic design. She designs magazines, promotional kits, and is most passionate about book design.


Kate Hodge

Hodge Environmental

Kate Hodge has been designing and developing science communication products for over 15 years. She began producing reports, newsletters and books for the communication of science as a scientific support officer with the South-East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership, and then with the University of Queensland and Great Barrier Reef Foundation. Having worked on numerous ecosystem health report cards, Kate has a wealth of experience in developing science communication products suitable for a wide audience. She established her own consultancy, Hodge Environmental, in 2010, through which she has accumulated a substantial portfolio with documents, websites, conceptual diagrams and infographics, etc. having designed countless graphics for a range of ecosystems, concepts and messages.


Rohan Hamden

CEO, XDI (Cross Dependency Initiative) and Director, Rohan Hamden and Associates

Rohan Hamden is a climate change policy and adaptation consultant with almost 20 years’ experience in sustainability and community engagement. As Director of Sustainability and Industry Partnerships in the South Australian Government he led the implementation of the state’s award-winning Climate Change Adaptation Framework. Rohan Hamden and Associates delivers integrated climate change solutions across industry, government, and the community, and Rohan has delivered multiple projects and climate adaptation advice in Australia and North America. Rohan is also co-founder and CEO of XDI Cross Dependency Initiative, which integrates climate risk analysis into corporate and government adaptation planning. This company provides infrastructure planning and investment advice to financial services and government clients in Australia, Europe, USA and Canada.


David Rissik

BMT and National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

Dr David Rissik is a climate adaptation expert with 20 years’ experience in climate change adaptation, coastal ecology, and natural resource management, with a strong interest in the use of science to inform management and policy. He is a Senior Principal at BMT, leading their climate change work and an Adjunct Professor at the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University.  David has led several climate change adaptation projects throughout Australia and has developed specialist guidance material for users regarding adaptation, risk assessments for local government, business and industries.  He has led and contributed to development of climate change adaptation policy and plans for all levels of government in a number of sectors.  Dave is a Non-Executive Director of Green Cross Australia, an NGO focussed on increasing society’s resilience to extreme events and climate change.


Anthony Boxshall

Science into Action

Dr Anthony Boxshall is the Founder and Principal of Science into Action, a science impact company whose mission is to improve the use, understanding and uptake of science and technology, especially to grow public value. Science into Action works with you to increase the return on your investment into science. From strategies and solutions, to capability building, to facilitation and moderation, we help you find the signal in the noise.

Anthony is a Melbourne Enterprise Fellow in the School of Biosciences at the University of Melbourne, and his most recent role in the public sector was to run the science part of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in Victoria. By trade, he is a marine biologist, and has worked in Australia and the USA across Government, academia and private industry. He is a qualified Board Director (AICD), the Inaugural Chair of the Victorian Marine & Coastal Council and has been on several innovation Boards, including the Victorian Centre for Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing. He is also a former National President of the Australian Marine Sciences Association, Australia’s peak professional marine science body. As a hobby he help found, and presents on, the award-winning “Radio Marinara” on 3RRR-FM in Melbourne. His passion is to turn science into real action wherever he can.


Animate Your Science

Animate Your Science was founded by Dr Tullio Rossi to make a positive impact on society through science. His company empowers scientists to change the world by communicating in an effective and accessible way. They turn what the public sees as “obscure” science into compelling, beautifully designed, easy-to-understand animations and graphics.



MosaicLab works with government agencies, community groups, industry and commercial organisations seeking to invest in quality engagement processes.  They specialise in high-influence and deliberative engagement processes. Their focus is on long term outcomes and tangible results. MosaicLab is a team of experienced engagement practitioners with processes have been refined over thousands of hours of practice; they have more than 100 years of collective experience and have delivered more than 1350 community projects.