Katherine Mathieson

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Katherine Mathieson
BornAugust 1975
Alma materSelwyn College, Cambridge

Imperial College London
University of London

Cass Business School
Known forScience communication
Scientific career
InstitutionsBritish Science Association

Katherine Theresa Stewart Mathieson (born August 1975) is the Chief Executive of the British Science Association. She previously led the science education projects at Nesta.

Early life and education[edit]

Mathieson graduated with a Masters in Biological Sciences from Selwyn College, Cambridge in 1993.[1] She completed a Masters in Science Communication at Imperial College London in 1999.[2][3] She earned two postgraduate diplomas, in Information Science (2003) and Voluntary Sector Management (2011).[4]


Mathieson led science education and enterprise education at Nesta from 2000.[5][6] She contributed to the Institute of Physics' report Girls in the Physics Classroom.[7] She also worked for Merck & Co., Science Line and the Forensic Science Service.[8] As Director of Education at the British Science Association, Mathieson coordinated outreach activities for school teachers and their students.[9] Mathieson encourages others to take part in citizen science.[10]

In 2015 she joined the King's College London Youth Access and Equity Research and Practice Agenda.[11] She took part in the UK Government's Science Communication enquiry in June 2015.[12] In July 2016 Mathieson took up the role as chief executive of the British Science Association in July 2016.[13] At the British Science Association she works to make science as fundamental to society.[14] She launched Not Just for Scientists a campaign that looked for "ideas from people who would like to contribute to debate about science’s role in society".[15] In 2017 Mathieson met the Duke of York.[16] She is worried about the teaching of practical science at schools.[17] In 2018 she became concerned that Brian Cox and David Attenborough did not make science accessible to all of the general public.[18]

Mathieson has written for the Huffington post, The Guardian, The Independent and Open Access Government.[19][20][21][22] She appeared on the radio and been on several podcasts.[23][24][25][26][27][28] Mathieson is a Girlguiding leader and is a trustee at the Royal Commonwealth Society.[29] She is a Brownie leader.[30] She has taken part in a PricewaterhouseCoopers Tech She Can charter.[31]

In her current role, Katherine is taking her organisation on a journey to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of the organisation's mission. This has included diversifying the board membership.


  1. ^ "Event - Talk by Katherine Mathieson - Selwyn College". www.selwynalumni.com. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  2. ^ "Mathieson, Katherine Theresa Stewart, (born 17 Aug. 1975), Chief Executive, British Science Association, since 2016 | WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO". doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.001.0001/ww-9780199540884-e-288294.
  3. ^ "Speakers". V INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM SRUK/CERU. 2015-03-05. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  4. ^ "Katherine Mathieson | Longitude Prize". longitudeprize.org. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  5. ^ Putting science at the heart of society and culture | Videos, retrieved 2018-08-31
  6. ^ LabLit.com (2005-11-08). "It's good to SciTalk". www.lablit.com. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  7. ^ Mathieson, Katherine. "Girls in the Physics Classroom" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  8. ^ www.e-mojo.de, e-mojo · Multimedia- und Webentwicklung,. "Speakers". GapSummit 2014 · Global Biotech Revolution. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  9. ^ "Transitioning from Researcher to Outreacher". Science | AAAS. 2010-04-09. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  10. ^ "Successful citizen science - Laboratory News". www.labnews.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  11. ^ "King's College London - Papers and publications". www.kcl.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  12. ^ "Science Communication examined at the Natural History Museum - News from Parliament". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  13. ^ "Katherine Mathieson announced as new Chief Exec of the BSA". British Science Association. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  14. ^ "Rebranding science so it is seen by all people as a fundamental and inclusive part of our society". Impact of Social Sciences. 2017-11-15. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  15. ^ "Share the spending power - Not Just For Scientists". Not Just For Scientists. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  16. ^ "Court Circular". The Royal Family. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  17. ^ Education Correspondent, Nicola Woolcock (2017-08-10). "Schools are told to make science go with a bang". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  18. ^ "Brian Cox is 'too much of an expert' to make science accessible". i. 2018-05-17. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  19. ^ "Katherine Mathieson". HuffPost UK. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  20. ^ "Katherine Mathieson | Open Access Government". Open Access Government. 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  21. ^ "British Science Association". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  22. ^ Mathieson, Katherine (2016-11-09). "How can we rebuild trust in scientific experts?". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  23. ^ "Episode 54: Katherine Mathieson On The British Science Association". www.publichealthunited.org. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  24. ^ Pro Bono Economics (2017-02-16), Interview with: Katherine Mathieson from The British Science Association, retrieved 2018-08-31
  25. ^ "Research Comms Podcast: The British Science Association's Katherine Mathieson". Orinoco Communications. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  26. ^ British Science Association reaches out to girls and women, 2017-09-22, retrieved 2018-08-31
  27. ^ acast (2018-05-17). "S01 Ep7: Katherine Mathieson on the British Science Association's bold new mission | Research Comms on acast". acast. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  28. ^ "Research Comms Podcast: The British Science Association's Katherine Mathieson". Orinoco Communications. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  29. ^ "Engineering diversity and inclusion - speakers - IET Events". events.theiet.org. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  30. ^ "Speakers". V INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM SRUK/CERU. 2015-03-05. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  31. ^ PricewaterhouseCoopers. "Tech She Can Charter - video transcript". PwC. Retrieved 2018-08-31.

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