Director of Innovations and Impact
Beatrix started in May 2014 as Director of Innovation and Impact at BAS. She studied Biochemistry in Germany and then moved to Cambridge, where she obtained her MPhil and PhD in photosynthesis research. A protein biochemist by background with 20 years experience in fundamental and applied research, Beatrix’s focus is on unlocking the potential of polar research for the benefit of society and industry. She has gained real-life experience of the challenges associated with commercialisation through involvement in a spin-out company developing algae- and moss-based biophotovoltaic devices, and is driving the development of an Innovation Centre at BAS – a space with controlled environment laboratories, excellent conference and meeting facilities, and open-plan office space for collaborators. The Innovation Centre, to be launched in 2016, aims to create a vibrant niche in the Cambridge ecosystem for excellent research and entrepreneurial activity in the areas of climate change, environmental stewardship and technologies for challenging environments.