Dr Catherine Ball – Environmental Scientist

Dr Catherine Ball is a renowned environmental scientist with business credentials to match. Inspired by a childhood love of the natural world, her breakthrough work focused on sending Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to remote areas of coastline to observe endangered turtle colonies. Dr Ball is today at the absolute forefront of RPAS technology. Her work at engineering consultancy URS put Australia on the world stage. Exploring new ways RPAS can be used, her research is changing how business and government operate. Since winning Telstra’s Queensland Business Woman of the Year and National Corporate and Private Award, she has advocated for diversity in many spheres of work and life. As a tertiary mentor for The Smith Family for two university students, her social justice and humanitarian work is all important to her. She strongly advocates that environmental and human health are inextricably linked, and is a long-time champion for accessibility to science education for all ages, genders, and socio-economic backgrounds. Dr Ball continues to help businesses make informed choices about the preservation of native species. She is an innovator, scientist, business woman, champion of change, and above all, a communicator.

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