Emma Timewell

Emma Timewell

Name Emma Timewell

Current Job Title Communications Manager

Organisation Plant & Food Research

AWIS Role Editor and ICWES2023 Chair

Academic Background BSc (Hons) Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of East Anglia, UK; PGDip Bioscience Enterprise, University of Auckland; Accreditation in Public Relations

Area Of Science Science communication

My Story

After completing my degree, I realised that, even though I loved science, I wasn't a bench scientist. After a short term contract with Unilever's Toxicology Department, I went to work at a healthcare communications agency in London, in a team that specialised in corporate and financial communications for biotechnology companies. For five years, I worked with mostly drug discovery and medtech companies, increasing profile with their key audiences (investors, potential partners etc). In 2005, I decided that I'd had enough of commuting and moved to New Zealand to check it out! I spent a year as the Communications and Production Manager of a small start up biotech company, then three years as Communications Adviser for Science and Medical & Health Sciences at The University of Auckland. In early 2009, I moved to Plant & Food Research, primarily to raise the profile of the company's science activities.

Extra Curricular

I'm a keen reader, particularly "trashy" fiction. I'm also the mother of Alex, born in January 2016

Favourite Book

The Godfather, Mario Puzo

Favourite Movie

There's lots - Slipper and the Rose, Ever After, Transformers rank highest (it's an eclectic mix).