Ruth Bastow will take on the role of ELIXIR-UK Node Coordinator from August 2017. In doing so she will build on her great experience of network and consortium coordination. The Node Coordinator role is key for ensuring the smooth running of the Node including its interactions with the ELIXIR Hub and its community building within the UK.

Ruth was the Executive Director of Global Plant Council from 2013-2017. From 2004–2013 she worked as the Coordinator for the UK Arabidopsis Research Network, GARNet. In collaboration with colleagues Ruth established the UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF) in 2009 and was awarded the Society of Biology President’s Medal for her support of the UK plant sciences community.

Before pursuing a career in science administration and policy Ruth worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the labs of Professor Caroline Dean (John Innes Centre) and Professor Julie Gray (University of Sheffield). She carried out her PhD in the lab of Professor Andrew Millar (University of Edinburgh).