Susannah is CEO of the Australian Science Media Centre, an independent not for profit organisation that works with the news media to inject more evidence-based science into public discourse. She started out as a research scientist working on the strange soil microorganisms known as slime moulds. She did postgraduate studies in journalism and has worked at the interface between science and the media at the UTS Centre for Science Communication and at a global environmental change organisation (IGBP) based in Sweden.
In 2010-11 she chaired the Expert Working Group on Science and the Media for the Federal government and in February 2011 was appointed to the national Climate Commission until May 2012. She sits on the Board of the Environment Institute at Adelaide University and the Inspiring South Australia Steering Group for the SA Government, and is a judge for several science research/communication awards.
She is a frequent presenter on the topic of science and the media and a regular contributor to ABC Radio National Drive, first with Waleed Aly and then with Patricia Karvelas.