Speaker Profile:

Dr Bethan Hughes


Bethan is part of the Innovations Team at Wellcome, where she is responsible for developing approaches to improve how Wellcome supports innovators to achieve healthcare impact Bethan has spent much of the past decade supporting Wellcome’s strategic approach to translational research funding. This follows a career in scientific publishing, including 3 years at Nature Reviews Drug Discovery. Bethan’s scientific background is in immunology.

Broadening Horizons is a cross-sector mentoring programme designed to support, develop and empower early-career researchers who are interested in translational research for impact on health. The programme will launch for its inaugural year on 19th November 2020 with seed funding from the Wellcome Trust.

The aim of the programme is to support early career researchers with their professional development. In its first year the programme will help to raise awareness of translational career paths, by connecting mentees with mentors from industry. The programme will also create networking opportunities via an online platform and both live and digital events.

A mentoring programme like Broadening Horizons will serve to inspire the next generation of early career researchers to explore their future career paths, whether remaining in academia or transferring to industry, creating a community of individuals committed to their personal growth and that of others.