University contributes to major report on international research mobility

Dr Maggy Heintz (pictured), Research and Business Development Manager (Science and Engineering) at our University, has contributed to a major Royal Society report on international research mobility.

The report, published this month, presents an up-to-date picture of international researcher mobility to deepen our understanding of how, where and why researchers move to and from the UK.

In the report, Dr Heintz joined a number of researchers sharing their personal reflections around cultural differences or language barriers between countries while explaining what inspired them to move.

Dr Heintz was born in France and moved from French academia into post-doctoral roles as a seismologist in Australia and Cambridge. Staying in the UK, she then had roles in publishing and as a science attaché in the French Embassy, before becoming a research and business development manager in science and engineering at our University.

Dr Heintz said: “I've always followed my interests rather than a career. I have always enjoyed travelling."

Her role at the embassy gave her “invaluable insights in how to tackle scientific topics, advise senior officials and governments on science and innovation, and use this knowledge to bring people together and build relationships.”

Dr Heintz added: “My experiences have given me an added set of skills to help further my career as Research and Business Development Manager. This is especially helpful in the current funding landscape, with emphasis on the Global Challenges Research Fund and the UK's Official Development Assistance commitment to support research addressing the problems faced by developing countries.”