THE SCIENTIFIC FUTURIST
As a young professional I looked to the stars, wondering why stars aren’t as bright when looked at through a glass ceiling.
But watching has never been my style. I’m here to do.
I’ve seen that when you step outside you'll discover nothing but boundless sky. I found a world of incredible women and men that had built the foundations to go anywhere.
And I found my skills as a scientist are a perfect toolbox to build the future I want.
I believe the future flies. From a drone’s eye view I see endless potential every day. The future is interconnected.
The future is powered by purpose. The future is an incredible place.
But a drone's eye view showed me too many young women gazing up through their own ceilings.
Too many bright sparks dimmed by corporate obstacles.
Too many incredible leaders just needing a boost to take off.
So I’m here to help you build your future. To help you discover the tools to take flight. To tell you what’s on the laboratory table – years before it makes it to television.
To provide a launchpad and a workshop to make it happen.
Some futurists review research and report on it.
Other futurists look to the future and dream.
I look to the future and roll up my sleeves.
Let’s get to work.
Dr Catherine Ball, the Scientific Futurist.
Dr Catherine Ball has a unique way of presenting. Captivating the audience with emerging technologies. Challenging the ethical and moral aspects of modern society. Educating and teaching to the deepest technical level, Catherine likes to demystify emerging technology. Confidence and exuberance are tempered with humility and personal reflections: audiences emerge invigorated, and switched on to the hope and challenges of future society.
Dr Catherine Ball really adds value to any panel discussion, bringing current affairs and news to any technical dialogue. As a mother of two sons, she brings her real world voice that is unique in the realms of technology communication. Catherine's academic works and writings translate to a value add, technically having the most current ideas at hand. Having Catherine speak on a panel also immediately removes the risk of having a #manel. Bonus
Master of Ceremonies
Quick witted, well prepared, broad horizons of life experience, and the ability to react to sudden changes or last minute moments. Cool headed and articulate, Catherine also likes to bring her unique sense of humour and geek chic to any MC role. Audiences and event organisers both appreciate being kept on time and in good humour. Catherine particularly likes to keep the audiences engaged with the content and presenters by creating interactive ice-breakers, micro breaks, and having fun!
Dr Catherine Ball appreciates a good moderator when presenting herself, and has learned over the years what makes a good one. Ensuring that the most is made of everyones' time and energy by asking the right questions and pulling the best out of the presenters, artists and panellists. Working in the world of documentary and film-making means Dr Cath loves to interview people and ask pertinent and (when necessary) the difficult questions.
Dr Catherine Ball runs a series of professional workshops, boardroom briefings, and delivers content that is developed by herself and can be tailored to individual needs and group sizes. Many clients have appreciated the workshop aspects of Catherine's work as part of a longer presentation, or as a warm up for the day or an event. Primarily focussing on innovation culture, new and emerging technology, and even governance and risk management for boards.
“Sharing stories, challenging thoughts, fermenting ideas, and generating curiosity for the future. This is why I love speaking and presenting.”
The next industrial revolution won’t reach its full potential for the planet and people unless we all care enough to act accordingly. Dr Cath is passionate about amplifying the positive voices and opportunities this new era brings. The future is already here, we just need to listen to it.
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