Renee Watson

Inspiring Professional Women

Renee 001 low resHead of Explosions, WatsOn

I was born about 100 years too late for my dream job as an explorer but then I discovered science and realised it was basically the same thing. From the ripe old age of 6 I became driven by a desire to explore the world through the lens of science. I don’t find it surprising that a lot of people think scientists are weird because I grew up in a small town where few people went to University and science was a dirty word, especially for a girl. It was probably this start in life that set me on my mission to make science real and relevant to as many people as possible. While studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I worked in a mortuary assisting with autopsies and setting up a museum of body parts for the public to visit. It was hugely popular and gave me my first insight into the power of science as a tool for inspiring people to be curious about life and the world. Since then I have helped set up a malaria and cancer research network, founded WATS.ON, a science engagement company, and have recently started my second company, The Curiosity Box, making science seriously fun for families and play touch rugby to let off steam.

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Reflect – I take stock by talking things through with Vanessa
Connect – I enjoy connecting with people who keep it real and would love to meet David Attenborough (DESPERATELY!)
Perfect – A skill I would love to hone is patience

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