Dr Karen Stroobants is co-founder of MetisTalk, an online space to allow ideas and innovations around the system of research to be shared, discussed and challenged. She also volunteers as vice-chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association’s policy working group, where she co-authored the MCAA/Eurodoc joint declaration on sustainable researcher careers and led MCAA’s engagement with the European Research Area Committee.
In her day job, Karen is a policy adviser for the Royal Society of Chemistry, where she works on research policy (open access, inclusion & diversity in research environments) and environmental policy. Before joining the Royal Society of Chemistry, Karen worked on the research culture programme of the Royal Society, and the associated conference ‘Research culture: changing expectations’ that raised attention for research culture issues in the UK.
Before moving into the policy space, Karen worked as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie post-doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Misfolding Diseases, University of Cambridge, where she studied membrane protein aggregates and their potential role in neurodegenerative diseases. Karen completed her PhD in the group of Professor Tatjana Parac-Vogt in the Chemistry Department at KU Leuven in Belgium.