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Dr Jo Elworthy

Chief Science Engagement Officer

Jo has worked at the Eden Project since its inception, became Director of Interpretation and then was appointed as Chief Science Engagement Officer in 2022.

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Jo's role focusses on Eden’s mission, strategy and narrative and working closely with all the Eden teams to ensure our work is underpinned by sound science and regenerative sustainability principles and delivered in a unique, compelling way using art, culture, theatre and storytelling. 

Jo has over 40 years’ experience in science engagement. Her career is based around the public understanding of science, horticulture and environmental issues. Following scientific research (Rothamsted and Long Ashton Research Stations) she went on to teach horticulture and engage people with the stories of the natural world, write FE courses and lecture in organic horticulture. A move into publishing and television, from BBC Natural History Unit research to producer at Channel Four (series included Garden Club, Fruity Stories, Bloom) enabled engagement with larger and broader audiences. While filming at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, she learnt of a new idea called ‘The Eden Project’ and moved to Cornwall to follow a dream which became reality.

Jo has a first-class honours degree in Plant Science, a PhD in Plant Biochemistry, and is also the author of several children’s books on the environment and a range of gardening books for adults (published under Elworthy or Readman).  Jo adores gardening, sea swimming, walking in nature and the planet Earth - the only place, as far as we know, that we can call home.