Once upon a time, I was an enthusiastic and hopeful biological oceanographer who did a bunch of work in the Antarctic. I was alternately wearing labcoats or extreme weather clothing and hard hats. I’ve now swapped survival suits for dress suits and do science management at the European XFEL, a large international research facility under construction in Hamburg. I still like to use my brain. I’m German but have lived in both the UK and US for a significant amount of time and I do like watercress very much indeed.