COO & Consultant - Barcelona
Romilde Manzoni Romilde studied biotechnology and bioinformatics at the University of Milan and obtained her Ph.D. from the IFOM-IEO Campus in Milan, working on systems biology projects. She then moved to the UPF in Barcelona as an EMBO postdoctoral fellow where her research focused on Synthetic Biology. Beyond her academic merits, Romilde has profound experience in team building and motivation due to her background as a professional volleyball player. In both science and sport, understanding social interactions, what drives human behaviours and unveiling the forces that keep a team together, have always been Romilde´s passions. With more than ten years of experience, she realised that in  academic research there are challenges that go beyond pure science: learning how to deal with people, being able to make informed decisions about future careers, inspiring and motivating a group. The strong focus on being an expert and excelling as a scientist leaves little room for professional and personal development. Romilde decided to invest her career in teaching scientists these skills with the mission to change the culture in science by reinforcing values like listening, collaboration, and ­emotional wellbeing. Romilde joined the hfp team in 2013: ¨I am enthusiastic about being part of such a team, a unique opportunity to bring a breath of fresh air into the world of science. Taking care of the human and emotional aspects of  science goes hand in hand with my mission¨.  
There is a strong demand for change in science, but where to start? I believe that emphasising the human and emotional aspects of science will help to make a difference at any level: from career choices and professional development of next generation of scientists, to building and leading a group, and finally to the point of a better understanding of science in our society.” Dr. Romilde Manzoni