Sandra Bendiscioli is Project Officer in the EMBO Science Policy team. She contributes to research on policy implications in areas such as genomics, biotechnology, research integrity and gender issues in science. She was one of the authors of the recently produced report Exploring Quotas in Academia. From 2001 to 2011 she worked in the EMBO Science and Society Programme, organizing activities and events to promote public understanding of science and to foster discussions on the ethical aspects of scientific research. She has a background in applied linguistics and did research at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, before joining EMBO.