Susannah has a PhD in cell and developmental biology from Macquarie University, a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and nearly 20 years of practical experience in science communication with the science-media nexus as her primary focus. She is currently 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. Prior to this she spent more than five years in Stockholm, Sweden, as director of communications for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), an international network of scientists studying global environmental change. In the 1990s Susannah managed the Centre for Science Communication at UTS, where she helped establish the successful Horizons of Science series of media roundtables and was involved in numerous other initiatives such as Science in the Pub and Science in the Bush. She worked with the federal government on the State of the Environment Report (1994), the CRC for Cardiac Technology as leader of their Education and Communications program (1993-95) and designed a specialist course for science reporters for the UTS Journalism School (1997). In 2010-11 she chaired an Expert Working Group on Science and the Media for the Federal government and in February 2011 was appointed to the national Climate Commission but stepped down in 2012 due to heavy work commitments. She sits on various committees and judging panels Band lives in Adelaide with her husband and two children.