Editorial team

Editorial team


The team behind COSMOS, Australia’s #1 science magazine in print, iPad and online and the winner of 47 awards, including the Magazine of the Year trophy in both 2009 and 2006, best digital engagement strategy. COSMOS has also won the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award, the Reuters/IUCN Award for Excellence in Environmental Journalism, the City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Sustainability Award and an Earth Journalism Award.


Elizabeth Finkel is a one-time biochemist who took up science journalism. One of the founders of COSMOS, her work  has appeared  in publications ranging from the US journal, Science to The Age as well as on ABC radio’s Science Show.  She is the author of Stem Cells: Controversy on the Frontiers of Science,  which won a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award in 2005; and of The Genome Generation published in 2012.  Her work for COSMOS has snapped up four Publishers Australia Excellence Awards. In 2011 she was named the National Press Club’s Higher Education Journalist of the Year.  And in 2013 her Cosmos story “Fields of Plenty” won the Crawford Prize for agricultural journalism.

Deputy Editor

James Mitchell Crow is a research chemist by training. He began his science journalism career at Chemistry World magazine, where he was shortlisted for several awards, including Features Writer of the Year at the UK Magazine Design and Journalism Awards. In 2009 he joined New Scientist in London as a features editor. In 2010 he moved to Australia and began working freelance, writing for publications including New Scientist and Nature. In May 2013, James joined COSMOS as deputy editor, where he still manages to slip in the occasional chemistry story.

Production Editor

Bill Condie has been a journalist for more than 30 years, working as a writer and editor in Europe, Asia and Australia for newspapers including The Guardian, The Observer and The Times. 

Art Director

Robin Adderly has more than 11 years experience in publishing, working on an extensive portfolio of magazine titles from finance to art and everything in between. Prior to joining  COSMOS  Robyn  worked on custom publishing titles at Nuance Multimedia. She has worked on business and investment titles at Fairfax Media. Robyn has a keen interest in science, technology and engineering and likes to know how things work. She enjoys watching the program’s of professor Brian cox (who she calls the pin up boy of physics).

Fiction Editor

Cat Sparks is an Australian science fiction writer and editor. She is the winner of  five Aurealis and nine Ditmar awards – the two highest honours in Australian science fiction – as well as an international Writers of the Future trophy. A co-founder of Agog! Press, publisher of 10 anthologies of award-winning fiction, she is also a graphic designer and a photographer. She served as the official photographer for two Premiers of New South Wales and travelled to Jordan on three occasions to chronicle archaeological expeditions.


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