I really enjoy being an advocate for other scientists. As an undergraduate, I sat on the student staff liaison committee and worked with staff to develop a new peer assisted learning scheme and organised the first undergraduate research symposium in the school of biomedical sciences at King’s College London.
I am now the graduate representative on the British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB) Committee. After my appointment in 2015, I teamed up with the postdoc rep to significantly improve student and post-doc experience in the society. Our actions have included introducing networking events that focus on early career researchers at our annual meeting and diversifying the annual careers event with speakers from outside academia. The development of a new BSDB student and postdoc website is the highlight of our efforts.