Senior Lecturer and Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Leadership Fellow

 Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow

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I attended Scottish Crucible in spring 2016 when I had just moved to my new position. It provided an excellent opportunity to meet and collaborate with people across Scotland as well as guidance on new research aspects and interdisciplinary ideas. Since Scottish Crucible:

  • As PI, I have been awarded an MRC GCRF Foundation Award, working with a social scientist, an anthropologist and an economist on the project ‘Cultural, social, and economic influences on ongoing Schistosoma mansoni transmission, despite a decade of mass treatment, and the potential for change.’
  • I am a Co-I on a 3 year EPSRC grant: ‘Novel Low Cost Diagnostic Tools and their Impact in Africa’, with Prof Jonathan Cooper who I met at the first Scottish Crucible networking event. Jon and I were also awarded an EPSRC project for £40,000, directly stemming from our crucible meeting.
  • I now also have two new interdisciplinary PhD studentships, one with Social Sciences and one with Engineering (not with Jon, but with other new collaborators in engineering).
  • I have recently been awarded an additional PhD funding by Medical Research Scotland, working with Omega Diagnostics, to develop a rapid point of care diagnostic for schistosomiasis. This PhD will be advertised soon. This will be my first industry collaboration and the knowledge on IP gained at crucible really helps with this.
  • We also have a PhD advertised, with Lisa Boden (Scottish Crucible 2016) as primary supervisor, on the HIVE project which Crucible directly funded.
  • I was more recently selected for BBC media training as part of the BBC Expert Women.

Some, if not all, of these have been helped by what I learnt at Scottish Crucible, and there are many more, less measurable, benefits that have helped me settle in so fast as a new PI in Glasgow.