Speaker Series: Emma Kovak, PhD

Emma Kovak

What is the BA Speaker Series?:

The BA Speakers Series hosts PhDs that have transitioned to non-academic careers and experts that help PhDs in this process. Each day of the series we will have a speaker from a different field who will give their insights on transitioning out of academia, what it is like to work in their field of expertise and strategies for building transferable skills such as networking. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to these experts as part of an informal discussion during this event. Details below.


October 21st, 2021, 4-5pm PDT


Zoom (see link below)

Speaker Bio:

Emma is a Senior Food and Agriculture Analyst at the Breakthrough Institute, a nonprofit think tank that identifies and promotes technological solutions to environmental and human development challenges. She conducts and communicates analysis of the environmental benefits of agricultural biotechnology, with the goal of enhancing understanding and appreciation among journalists, policy makers, and other thought leaders. Emma received her PhD in Plant Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, where she began her involvement in communication and science policy surrounding genetic engineering. She loves to spend as much time as possible outside backpacking, gardening, and reading.


PhD in Plant Biology

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