Following a PhD in Cancer Cell Biology, Jan Barfoot did an unconventional post-doc at the Institute of Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh developing genetics-based practical work for secondary schools and delivering hands-on biotechnology / bioethical workshops and events. In 2004, she became Deputy Director of the Scottish Initiative for Biotechnology Education (SIBE) and went on to facilitate collaborative public engagement projects. She also initiated a University-wide training programme in research communication skills and convened a post-graduate science communication team. Following secondment as the Project Manager for Researchers in Residence, Jan returned to SIBE to develop an undergraduate honours course in Science Communication and produce a booklet 'Stem Cells: Science and Ethics'. Jan is currently the Public Engagement Manager for EuroStemCell (EC-funded stem cell research consortium). She has developed the interactive version of the Hope Beyond Hype comic and supports the consortiums efforts to engage patients and policy-maker with their research.