“There are many ways to get to your destination.”
After struggling with bench research Claire Skentelbery realized her true calling was science communication. She talks about the importance of getting the public to understand science, the struggles facing women in science, and the jobs she is doing that she never knew existed until she left the bench.
Skentelbery is secretary general of the European Biotechnology Network and network manager of the Council of European BioRegions (CEBR) in Brussels. After receiving her Ph.D. in 1997 Skentelbery worked in the scientific marketing field before acting as the U.K. National Contact Point for commercial biotechnology in Framework Programme Five. She then combined a 10-year period as an independent proposal writer and project manager with her role as business development manager at the Eastern Region Biotechnology Initiative (ERBI), the life-sciences network for Cambridge and eastern England. During her time with ERBI (now One Nucleus) she became interested in cluster development and networking through the creation and launch of the CEBR.