Catherine Polcz is a science communicator, program curator and creative producer working across museums and media. Drawing on her background as a botanist and ecologist, she has conceived and produced content for science festivals, events and panel discussions.
Since 2018, she has been the lead science producer at the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory and is passionate about the role of arts and culture in climate action and adaptation. She is the curator of 100 Climate Conversations, the Powerhouse climate solutions exhibition, program and podcast featuring 100 weekly conversations with Australian climate leaders.
Catherine Polcz will be speaking at the Green Museums Summit 2024:
Engaging solutions, building community and collecting in the climate emergency
100 Climate Conversations was the Powerhouse Museum’s first major climate exhibition and public program. Anchoring the project was weekly conversations between journalists and 100 visionary Australians taking positive climate action across diverse fields. The multiplatform project included an exhibition, Friday morning talks with a public audience, website and weekly podcast.
After years of research the first conversation was held in March 2022 and the 18 months later the final conversation was recorded in November 2023. The exhibition taking a programmatic lead enabled us to be agile and to incorporate the new updates in policy and science advancements as climate is a living and evolving challenge. The initiative also aimed to strategically add material and testimony to the Powerhouse collection and to build new relationships that can further on lead to potential programs, exhibitions and acquisitions.