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We have a number of speakers and panellists from across a variety of careers within the field of bioscience.

Panel discussion: What else can I do with by bioscience career?

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Dr Antonia Cardew - business

Job: Associate Director
Organisation: QuintilesIMS
About: Antonia Cardew is an Associate Director in Patient Recruitment Operations at QuintilesIMS, leading a team of Project Managers to deliver creative strategies to support clinical trial patient recruitment and retention. Antonia completed a Biochemistry PhD from the University of Southampton in 2010 before joining H2O Venture Partners, where she helped establish and manage start up biotech companies in the UK, and agricultural impact investment companies in East Africa. In her spare time Antonia is a chair of a Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising committee, part of the Biochemical Society Training Theme Panel and volunteers with her local Wildlife Trust.

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Jennie Evans - marketing & PR

Job: Communications Manager
Organisation: British Society for Immunology
Jennie is Communications Manager at the British Society for Immunology (BSI) where she oversees all the organisation’s engagement activities, both with scientific community and the wider public.  This includes running the press office, looking after membership marketing and communications, and managing public engagement activities.   Jennie started her career in research, completing a PhD in animal behaviour and welfare at the University of Bristol.  She then moved into the science communication field, working for the Society for Endocrinology for seven years managing their public and patient engagement activities.  After a career break due to family illness, she set up her own freelance business specialising in providing communications services to learned societies and patient groups before joining the BSI.

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Tom Ireland - publishing

Job: Editor, The Biologist
Organisation: Royal Society of Biology
About: Tom is a journalist and editor specialising in the biological sciences. As managing editor at the Royal Society of Biology, Tom overseas a range of publications and edits the Society’s magazine, The Biologist. Tom is also a regular contributor to the monthly science magazine BBC Focus and has written for The Guardian, The Observer, BBC News and New Scientist. He also runs workshops on science writing via the Royal Society of Biology.

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Sukhveer Purewal - technical services

Job: Senior Laboratory Research Scientist
Organisation: The Francis Crick Institute

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Scott Armstrong - patent law

Job: Patent Assistant
Organisation: Mewburn Ellis
About: Scott is a part-qualified UK and European patent attorney whose work centres largely on patent prosecution at the European Patent Office, in the biotechnology sphere.  Scott has an undergraduate MSci degree in Pharmacology from the University of Glasgow, and a PhD in Neuroscience from Imperial College London.


Planning your Career & CV Workshop



Sue Mosely

Job: Senior Careers Consultant
Organisation: King’s College London
About: Sue is lead Careers Consultant for the School of Bioscience Education at King’s. She has an extensive background in helping students and mid- career professionals manage their career success. That has included work with Health Education England and the British Medical Association. As well as working directly with students, Sue meets with employers and King’s alumni in Life Sciences organisations big and small. This helps us all to keep up to date with career opportunities for students in this vibrant and growing sector. Sue’s background is in management for Barclays plc and in consultancy for FTSE 100 companies including some in the pharmaceutical sector.


Careers in Clinical Science

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Rebecca Tibbs

Job: STP Trainee Clinical Scientist
Organisation: Viapath at King's College Hospital
About: Becca is a trainee clinical scientist in her final year of the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP), specialising in Clinical Biochemistry. She is based in the Viapath reference biochemistry laboratory at King’s College Hospital, where specialist tests are performed on patient samples from across London and beyond to aid in the diagnosis and monitoring of a range of diseases including porphyria, steroid disorders, and trace metal poisoning. Becca graduated in 2012 with an integrated Master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from the University of Oxford. She then worked as Education & Outreach Officer at the British Pharmacological Society before joining the STP in 2015.


Careers in Teaching

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Dr Melissa Glackin

Job: Lecturer in Science Education
Organisation: King's College London
About: Melissa is a lecturer in science education at King’s College London in the School of Education, Communication and Society. Melissa teaches on the ‘Outstanding’ secondary Post Graduate Certification in Education programme (PGCE) where she ensures all science trainees experience a residential field course, she is subject director for the Biology secondary science programme. She also teaches on the Master’s Science Education programme and supervises PhD candidates in topics relating to learning inside and outside the classroom. Melissa has worked in a range of education-related roles including: as a science teacher, in-charge of biology, project officer for the Field Studies Council and as a museum ‘Explainer’.


Careers in science policy

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Dr Eva Sharpe

Job: Senior Policy and Engagement Manager
Organisation: The Institute of Cancer Research
About: Eva is the senior policy and engagement manager at The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). She has worked in science policy and communication for seven years and her current role involves working with the staff around the ICR to formulate positions on key policy issues in biomedical research and communicate these to policy makers. Eva has a background in medical research, completing a PhD in biochemistry at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre at Imperial College London in 2010. Eva then worked for two and a half years at the Royal Society of Biology as higher education policy officer before moving to the ICR.


Careers in the Field

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Dr Natasha de Vere

Job: Head of science
Organisation: National Botanic Garden of Wales
About: Natasha is head of science at the National Botanic Garden of Wales and a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University. She has been responsible for the science programme at the Botanic Garden for the last ten years. A major achievement during this time was leading the team that made Wales the first nation in the world to DNA barcode its native flora. Natasha is passionate about public engagement with science and regularly presents her research on television and radio. Before joining the National Botanic Garden of Wales Natasha was conservation officer for the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, based at Paignton Zoo. Her PhD is in conservation genetics of an endangered UK plant, Cirsium dissectum. She has a PGCE from Exeter University, an MSc in the Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and a BA (hons) in Biology from Oxford University.


Careers in research

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Dr Ruth Nottingham

Job: Doctoral Training Partnership Manager (BBSRC and NERC)
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Organisation: In 2016 Ruth completed her Microbiology PhD at Nottingham University and has since worked in Higher Education. First she worked in the Intellectual Property and Commercialisation office dealing with research ‘Impact’ and now she is managing the BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme at Nottingham University. Ruth is interested in the wider impact of research, PhD training and the use of science in evidence based policy. Follow Ruth on Twitter at @Ruth_Nottingham

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Dr Amy Prosser

Job: Senior Scientist
Organisation: Sygnature Discovery Limited
About: Amy’s scientific career began with an MSci in human genetics at The University of Nottingham which cemented her passion for research. She went on to complete a PhD in stem cell biology and tissue engineering at The University of Nottingham and graduated in 2015. For the last three years she has been working at Sygnature Discovery, a drug discovery contract research organisation based in BioCity Nottingham. As a senior scientist, much of her day is spent in the lab as part of a multidisciplinary team working to discover novel drugs.


Careers in Science Communication

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Dr Rebecca Nesbit

Job: Scientific Programme Manager
Organisation: Nobel Media
About: Rebecca studied butterfly migration for her PhD, then worked for a start-up company training honeybees to detect explosives. She then began a career in science communication, first as a public relations consultant and then as press officer for the Royal Society of Biology. Her projects at RSB ranged from contributing to briefings for MPs to running a citizen science flying ant survey. In her current role at Nobel Media, the company responsible for communications around the Nobel Prizes, she visits universities around the world with Nobel Laureates. Her first novel was published in 2014, and her first popular science book Is that Fish in your Tomato? was published in July 2017.