SEB ECR Trustee Election

The SEB Council was delighted to receive 11 nominations for the Trustee position of Early Career Scientist/Researcher.

There will be an election to determine who will take up the post. Each candidate has been asked to write a personal statement that sets out what they can bring to the position and to provide a copy of their CV. Information on each candidate and the election process can be found below.

*The SEB has also extended the deadline for nominations for SEB Vice President. Find more information here.

Election Process 

The election is open to all current members. The winning candidate will be decided using the single transferable vote method.  This means your second and third preferences etc will be allocated until one candidate has received over 50% of the votes cast.

Voting Closes: Monday 22 April


Download your voting form

Please sign and date the form and return it to by Monday 22 April 2019.


Find out more about each candidate by clicking below: 

Nikolai Maria Adamski

I believe to have the necessary skills and experience to act as Trustee and represent Early
Career Scientists in the future activities of the SEB. I have been an active member of the Post-Doc Voice (PDV) at the John Innes Centre for 3 years. The PDV represents post-doctoral researchers and their interests in various committee meetings; my specific role was to identify the training/ development needs of the post-doctoral community, to communicate this information to human resources and senior management, and to make post-doctoral researchers aware of the available and upcoming training opportunities. I have helped to organise and run the first career development workshop for over 70 post-doctoral researchers from the Norwich Research Park, which is now an annual event. The PDV also organises social events to help post-doctoral researchers meet and connect during informal sessions. My experience in the PDV has taught me a lot about my abilities and the needs of early career scientists. I am confident working in groups and can take the lead when needed while also supporting other members of the team. If elected, I would use my experience and skills to try and improve the existing training and development framework at the SEE, by for example setting up informal networking sessions for early career scientists. My qualifications and experience make me a good candidate to act as an ambassador for the SEE and engage with its members to better coordinate and improve upon future activities of the society.

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Emily Breeze

I am currently a Research Fellow in Prof. Lorenzo Frigerio’s lab at the University of Warwick investigating the relationship between endoplasmic reticulum (ER) form and function and the role of the ER in plant immunity, having completed my PhD on plant environmental stress responses in 2014. Hence, my research interests span both the Plant Biology and Cell Biology sections of the SEB. I have extensive experience in plant biology research, both pre- and post-PhD and consequently have a well-established network of fellow researchers from the plant cell biology, plant pathology and senescence fields. As an Assistant Features Editor at The Plant Cell journal I have widened my knowledge of current plant biology research as well as further developing my international academic network and scientific writing skills. During my research career I have attended many SEB annual meetings, including co-organising a successful 2.5 day session on the Plant ER in 2016. Hence, I have seen first-hand the SEB evolve into the influential society that it is today and am keen to become further involved in its future activities and successes. Beyond the lab, my passion for plant biology and desire to enthuse and inspire the next generation of biologists is the motivation behind my regular participation in outreach activities at local schools and community groups as a STEM Ambassador. I am also a parent governor at my children’s primary school and so have direct experience of governance and guiding future strategic direction, albeit in very different setting!

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Nicholas Carey

I believe I would be an ideal person to represent and give a voice to early career researchers in the SEB. As an ECR who has worked in several countries, I feel I understand the many challenges facing us - the stress and pressure we are often under, the frequent complicated, disruptive and costly moves to a new location, but most of all the uncertainty about the future. These issues have often led me to question my own path through science and academia, and I believe I would be an understanding and sympathetic representative for others going through similar issues. My own research has led me to move from Ireland to Australia, the US and now Scotland, and while this has led to amazing and ongoing friendships and collaborations with fellow researchers, it has given me an appreciation for how disrupted the lives of ECRs can be. I am a biologist with very broad interests, and my study organisms, skills and research directions have varied enormously in that time, but the experimental side of research is at the heart of everything I do. Therefore SEB is a society in which I feel I would be very at home. I have attended several of the SEB meetings, and find them incredible stimulating to attend and take part in, with their focus on experimental biology that is at the heart of my own research. Thank you for considering me for this important role.  

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Lucas Frungillo

It is a pleasure to write to put myself forward for the SEB Early Career Scientist Trustee position. I am enthusiastic about contributing to policy development and establishment of strategic programs for the scientific community. I believe that my experience of setting and delivering strategies fit well with the SEB Trustee position. As a SEB Trustee, I intend to expand the Society’s capabilities in supporting career progression and market placement of early career researchers, whilst acting as an ambassador of its stablished strengths in fostering connections and excellence in science. This vacancy is opportune as coincides with significant changes in life science landscape. For instance, research funding priorities have shifted to emphasise collaborative, multidisciplinary translational science. As an active member of the scientific community, I have a long track record of working collaboratively in multicultural groups around the world, and can bring my extensive network and ability to build consensus to SEB. Having recently being awarded with a BBSRC Discovery Fellowship to support my independent research in th University of Edinburgh/UK and appointed as an Early Career Researcher Representative of Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA), a partnership of eleven Scottish Universities that drive life sciences research in Scotland, I am in a strategic position to bridge SEB with the early career scientifi community, contributing to the identification of shared needs and expectations. I am confident my experience and skills would make a valuable contribution to the SEB Council and appreciate you taking the time to consider my application.

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Britta Kuempers

I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Plant and Crop Sciences at the University of Nottingham. I moved to Nottingham after completing my PhD at the Department of Plant Sciences in Cambridge in 2014. The Annual Main Meeting 2012 in Salzburg was the first conference I attended during my PhD. It was a great experience and I have been a member of the SEB ever since. I have a broad interest in biology and love the wide scope of the SEB. While the plant and cell sections are most closely aligned to my research, I have always been keen to visit the animal and SEB+ sessions where possible. I am passionate about science communication and teaching and about improving science outreach. I have been involved with Nottingham’s Science in the Park outreach events over several years and enjoyed getting kids excited about science and more specifically interested in growing plants. I am keen to advocate development opportunities for early career researchers. I became a mum in 2017, and I am keen to make academic meetings and conferences more parent-friendly and generally inclusive for anyone in circumstances that make attendance more challenging. My own experiences but also the experiences of many friends and colleagues in the UK and abroad provide me with detailed knowledge about the issues and challenges we face. I would love this opportunity to shape future activities of the SEB and to be able to support and give a voice to early career researchers.

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Lauren Nadler

Since joining the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) as a PhD student in 2014, I have repeatedly been impressed by the society´s many efforts to promote early career scientists and researchers through funding opportunities, research awards and science communication. I have helped to support the society by acting as session chairs (2016 and 2018) and submitting a session proposal (2019). I would relish the opportunity to help further broaden the SEB´s support of its early career members as the Early Career Trustee to the council. In addition to providing my perspective as an early career scientist, I would also bring my experience from past councils. I served on the council for the Australian Coral Reef Society for two years during my PhD and on the UC San Diego Postdoctoral Association Executive Board for 1.5 years during my first postdoctoral fellowship. These experiences taught me how to work collaboratively and collectively to come to consensus. In both of these positions, I also played a key role in forming our policies on science communication, particularly through web and social media outlets, through which I developed frameworks to promote the work of early career researchers. My scientific career thus far has taken me around the world, to five institutions in four different countries to take part in interdisciplinary experimental research. These opportunities have helped me to develop a broad perspective on science and acquire a plethora of tools to promote it in our increasingly digital world.

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Julie Nati

I graduated with a PhD degree in evolutionary and environmental biology at University of Glasgow (29th June 2017). My PhD thesis “Invasion Physiology: Do physiological characteristics facilitate the spread of invasive fish species?” was supervised by Dr. Shaun Killen and Dr. Jan Lindström at the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine. My general research interests are the effects of environmental factors (e.g. temperature, hypoxia) on physiology and behaviour in fish. More precisely, I am interested in the physiological and behavioural responses of fish, when kept under different environmental stressors (abiotic as well biotic factors) over different ecological contexts (intra and interspecific competition, invasiveness success, predator-prey interactions) in order to link all the ecophysiological aspects together. As an early career researcher, I am focussing as well on setting up new collaboration projects, mentoring and teaching students.  During my PhD and first 7 months post doc position at University of Glasgow, I was an active and dynamic member within the institute. I organised seminars and workshops over the years. Additionally, I became earlier on a member of Society of Experimental Biology (since 2014). I presented all my PhD and first postdoc findings at the annual SEB meetings. Furthermore, one of my projects got published in journal of experimental biology. I am determined to become an active member of SEB. Therefore, I do strongly believe that this trustee position will give the adequate tools to achieve these goals.

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Tommy Norin

I became aware of the SEB in 2010, when I attended my first Annual Main Meeting in Prague as an MSc student. I was very impressed with the meeting and the SEB as a society, but it was not until I became familiar with other societies that I realised just how unique the SEB is; I find the Society to be remarkably good at invoking a feeling of collegiality, making its members feel valued and heard, promoting individuals and their science, supporting aspiring academics with their research training and conference attendance, and organising excellent meetings. It would be a privilege to help continue to build and promote the SEB and its values.
I believe I am ideally suited for the position of Early Career Trustee for the following reasons:
 - During my research career, I have worked in several countries (postdocs in Canada, UK, and Denmark, and research visits to Australia, French Polynesia, Sweden, Brazil, and China), which has given me knowledge of the various ways in which science and experimental biology are conducted, supported, and promoted globally.
 - I am a very organised and social person who treasures collegiality and collaboration, and I would bring my enthusiasm and passion for science, equality, and diversity to the SEB.
 - I have attended every Annual Main Meeting since 2010 (except for Manchester in 2014) and organised a session at the 2018 Florence meeting. I have thus come to know the Society well, which has only increased my interest in contributing to its further development.

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Essie Rodgers

Early career researchers (ECRs) play a critical role in shaping the future of scientific discoveries, but we face challenges unique to our career stage. If elected, I will provide a strong voice for ECRs and ensure that our perspectives are included in the 2019-2024 Strategic Review. The needs of ECRs are diverse and I believe we need to create initiatives to support this diversity and track the Society’s progress. Improving the diversity of delegates at annual meetings and SEB+ events, in terms of gender, geography, ethnicity, career stage and topics, will be a core goal of mine. For example, offering grants to support childcare and financially disadvantaged ECRs, and carefully assessing the accessibility of annual meeting locations are steps forward. I believe in creating a greater number of opportunities to support the growth of ECRs in terms of expanding our global networks, providing platforms to communicate our research and supporting our travel to conferences, symposia and collaborators’ laboratories. I will actively seek out the opinions of ECRs within the society and encourage input from all, in order to accurately and fairly represent the views and needs of ECRs.

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Javier H Santos-Santos 

As an early career scientist I am highly motivated to create contacts and develop myself professionally within my field of specialty, being this Functional Morphology and Biomechanics. I have recently defended my PhD, and although currently I still have not found a postdoc position, I hope to find one soon in these fields. As a member of the SEB for over five years who has travelled internationally to continue my formation I believe that I can contribute to the position of ECR Trustee the connection between research groups with similar interests, as well as develop pertinent discussions on topics of interest for these. This work can serve as a continuation of my assignment as the University of Barcelona SEB contact. In addition, I believe myself an honest person with an impartial opinion and objective perspectives. I would like to continue being an engaged member in the SEB community with my application to this role and look forward to meet more members and become acquainted with their research to effectively organize and structure the future interests of the community.

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Richelle Tanner

The SEB has played a significant role in my career development as a graduate student, and I hope to represent our community of early career researchers. I see three priorities in the early career researcher community that I can address as a trustee: access to research and travel funding, understanding alternative academic career paths, and science communication.
1. My work has generously been supported by the SEB in the past, and we must use these resources to increase representation and equity among early career scientists. I look forward to better understanding how these funds are allocated and working together to incorporate new strategies for student support.
2. At many universities, early career researchers are expected to follow a linear path towards professorship. But this is not always feasible or desired – I will address this cognitive dissonance within our field by opening conversations between our more senior members and my community. Scientific scholarship is not limited to a single type of researcher, and the SEB can support these diverse interests and help early career researchers reach their professional goals.
3. Science communication is increasingly important, especially among younger members, and my experience as the climate science advisor to a US national science communication network gives me the connections and expertise to efficiently prioritize these skills for members to learn and use as part of our community. If selected, I will highlight these priorities while learning from and collaborating with the other trustees.

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