WISE@QMUL seminar: Women in science policy

On 2nd July 2013, WISE@QMUL presented a lunchtime seminar from women working in science policy at the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust.

This proved a very popular event and we had 36 attendees from departments throughout the STEM sector of the University, including many from the Blizzard Institute. We discussed the transition of female policy workers from academia to science policy, the career trajectories available within science policy, as well as organisations that employ policy workers. Lunch was provided as usual, and went down a treat!


  • Natalie Banner recently joined the Wellcome Trust as a Policy Officer, working on issues around access and sharing of data in genetic and genomic studies, and patient privacy. Before this she spent 3 years as a postdoctoral research fellow at King’s College London. A 3-month fellowship at POST (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology) spurred her interest in science policy and the ways in which relationships between academics and policy makers could be developed for mutual benefit.
  • Elizabeth Bohm is a Senior Policy Adviser at the Royal Society and has spent the last decade working in policy after training in both science and law. She gravitated towards policy after a narrow escape from a life in corporate law and now uses her skills in a variety of roles for public bodies, research funders and trade unions. In her current role she covers a broad range of topics from research misconduct and public engagement to genetically modified crops and TB in badgers.

Feedback from the event showed that many attendees enjoyed the discussion and found the speakers interesting and engaging. Our great thanks go out to Elizabeth and Natalie for their enthusiasm for being part of this event, they certainly helped to open many people’s eyes to science policy as a potential career.

We hope to see as many new faces attending our next events.

A jammed pack room with many new faces!

A jammed pack room with many new faces

Natalie Banner of Wellcome Trust gave us an insight into policy work, and Science Policy internships within Parliament.

Natalie Banner (Wellcome Trust) gave us an insight into policy work and science policy internships within Parliament

19th Nov 2009: Prof Karen Steel FRS

Thursday 19th November, 4 pm, SCR Bar, Queens Building

Prof Karen Steel FRS, currently at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, has recently been made a fellow of the highly prestigious Royal Society and will be coming to share with us the secrets to her success. With over 100 publications, including Nature, Nature Genetics, Nature Neuroscience and PNAS she is a fantastic person to have come talk to us about her career.

Prof Steel has also worked abroad in Germany, which will be of interest to anyone also thinking about doing so.

She is also an expert witness to House of Lords Select Committee on Aging and scientific adviser to the charities Deafness Research UK and SENSE.

If you are interested in learning the secrets to a successful career in science and engineering and asking her any questions please come along.

As with all WISE events all are welcome,

Professor Steel’s website: http://www.sanger.ac.uk/Teams/faculty/steel/