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Natasha Boulding – Cohort 2 – September 2015

I was first drawn to SOFI CDT, as unlike many other programmes it offered the perfect combination of multidisciplinary teamwork, industry exposure, real-world impact, and cutting-edge science. I was particularly excited by the opportunity to learn from industry experts in some of the most innovative organisations in the county – what do the scientists do day-to-day? What are the most vital industrial challenges? A highlight for me (aside from the white-water rafting) was the media and communications training, which teaches you techniques and skills which are useful for any career. I loved being in a cohort of colleagues who all had different experiences, expertise and academic backgrounds as every single person brought something new to team activities. The people I met during the programme have become some of my closest friends and we continue to help and support one another. In fact, I co-founded Sphera Ltd. a company specialising in reducing the carbon footprint of the construction industry through material innovation alongside Phil Buckley and Scott Bush. The company is going from strength to strength, and we now have a team of 15 change makers!