One of the most important but challenging aspects of research is making sure that it has impact. To ensure my research makes a difference, I work with a wide range of collaborators, from policy makers and surgeons to patient groups, artists and writers. This interdisciplinary dimension is critical to understand the emotional and ethical meanings of face transplants and their historical evolution. So the space and opportunity to meet with a wide range of people with shared interests is important.
Which is why I am delighted to have been selected to the Foundation Future Leaders programme, organised by the Foundation for Science and Technology. The Foundation exists to provide an impartial platform for debate on issues with a scientific, medical or technological component. The Foundation Future Leaders is a cohort of 30 people - government civil servants, parliamentary civil servants, researchers and people from industry - working together to explore key challenges in how science, engineering and technology are considered and used by Parliament.
Watch this space for updates!