Dr Martyn Pickersgill is a social scientist, and currently hold awards from the Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust, and AHRC around the social and ethical dimensions of biomedicine and the health professions. In 2009 he moved to Edinburgh’s Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) immediately following his PhD (from the University of Nottingham), as co-investigator and Research Fellow on an 11 month ESRC project. After this concluded, he obtained a short Newby Trust Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), and continued to work a day per week at CPHS. During his time at IASH, he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics (based in CPHS), and then promoted to Senior Research Fellow in 2011. He works closely with colleagues in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and in 2014 co-founded the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy (for which I am an Associate Director). Alongside research and doctoral student supervision, he tries and participates as fully as possible in a range of public (and policy) engagement activities – which he sees as a core feature of academic life that can shape research agendas in productive and sometimes surprising ways.