The Team

At InterSci, we believe scientific innovation comes from interdisciplinary work and open conversations. We encourage collaboration between scientists of different disciplines, and provide a platform for scientists to share their work with the public and to learn from others.

InterSci was founded in 2017 by a group of postgraduate students at the University of Edinburgh with an interest in scientific innovation.

Amelia Hallas-Potts small        Amelia Hallas-Potts, President and Co-Founder

I am a PhD student working on medical imaging with healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship. My course aims to encourage interdisciplinary research by combining clinical biological research with physics, chemistry and business studies. I have a BSc in Neuroscience but my PhD project is to develop a microscopy technique to investigate ovarian cancer invasion. I work with scientists from different disciplines everyday to try to improve my research and that’s why I think InterSci is such an important concept. Without cross collaboration and interdisciplinary science it is hard to see the bigger picture of your research. I also enjoy participating in public engagement activities and think it is very important that scientists can communicate their research to each other but also to the public.
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Diana Sá da Bandeira, Secretary and Co-Founder

I am a biologist, currently doing a PhD in Regenerative Medicine, where I’m studying the components of the biological micro-environment that nurtures the formation of blood stem cells during embryonic development. I have always been interested in different areas of science, such as physics, biology and engineering. However, as people specialise more and more in certain subjects, it becomes harder and harder to follow ongoing research in fields in which you are not an expert.With InterSci, I hope we can make science and research accessible to all, and, as a result, enhance collaborations and innovation across different fields.
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ellie.jpg      Ellie Cawthera, Marketing and Communications Manager

I’m a Master’s student in Science Communication and Public Engagement. I believe that sharing science with wider audiences is essential for research to be worth while and have true impact. With a life’s goal to make science accessible to everyone, I am delighted to have this role with InterSci. I hope to help researchers discuss their work with the world outside academia and aim to help InterSci provide fora for the public to hear about, question, and offer insight into research.
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unnamed (2)        Jess Taylor, Website and Social Media Manager

I am currently the marketing assistant for a bioinformatics company in Edinburgh, doing everything from social media to website content. I have just finished an MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement, during whichI realised how much I enjoy talking about science with people, rather than doing it!
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unnamed (8)        Lorna Cudmore, Designer

unnamed       Tom Carr, Events Team Member

Jilly Hope, Events Team Member
Carol Chermaz, Events Team Member
Leire Ledahawsky, Events Team Member

Previous team members

whatsapp-image-2017-09-02-at-09-54-51-e1504523694166.jpeg        Alina Gukova, Co-Founder

img_15451-e1501254650772.png        Bonnie Nicholson, Co-Founder

whatsapp-image-2017-09-13-at-09-03-30-e1509962888772.jpeg         Ana Rondelli, Events Manager