Dr Claire Hall, new STEM Manager for STEM Alliance Aotearoa, aims to maximise New Zealand’s investment in STEM community outreach. Also to build an equitable STEM skills pipeline. Claire is passionate about connecting people across the science engagement community.
As a scientist, Claire has worked in NZ and the UK for over 20 years. Her previous work was as a Researcher and Business Development Manager.
Her passion for plants led to investigating the genetics of flavour, colour and sweetness to use in traditional breeding programmes and make ideal processing tomato varieties for flavourful sauces. She then researched and wrote a PhD on broccoli and its health benefits and worked in programmes from production to plate. “More recently I was working on the commercialization of tools and technologies to manage plant pests and for healthy bees and honey production.”