Joana is the co-Founder and Director of Native Scientist, an award-winning Europe-wide non-profit organisation that connects pupils and scientists and fosters the integrated learning of science and language. She is also Portugal’s Business Development Manager at Smart Separations, a technology company in the field of microfiltration. For 10 years she was a researcher in the field of microbiology, holding a PhD from Imperial College London (UK, 2013), an European Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (Portugal, 2016-2018), and being the author of 10+ international peer-reviewed publications. She has a long-standing experience in science outreach and founded Native Scientist while doing her PhD. She also has experience in the management of professional associations, as member of the director board of the i3S Postdoctoral Association (Portugal, 2017) and the Association of Portuguese Researchers and Students in the UK (UK, 2012-2014). Joana’s entrepreneurial and outreach work has been distinguished multiple times, including prizes from the Royal Society of Biology, Imperial College London, and MIT Innovator Under 35. Joana loves spending time with friends and food. She dreams of having her own restaurant one day.