Dr Sophie Arthur

Science communications officer, MRC LMS

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Take up every opportunity you can.

What do you do?

I share the latest cutting edge medical research from my colleagues in accessible ways with different audiences

Why did you choose this field?

I only discovered this field was a career option about 4 years ago when I was half way through my PhD. It was the 3 Minute Thesis competition that I entered that was my 'a-ha' moment and made me realise that I was much more passionate about talking about the science rather than trying to come up with the next research question.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Completing my PhD. I had very little exposure to science and scientists where I grew up so I never would have dreamed that I could have possibly done research that would have contributed knowledge to the world.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because I get to learn something new every day and no two days are the same. The variety and the lifelong learning is something I look forward to every single day

Best advice for next generation?

I would always encourage them to take up every opportunity they can. Even if you don't enjoy, it you have learnt something new which can help you to refine your interests

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

Failure is just another opportunity to learn

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