Anna Kutner

Favourite Thing: Raising awareness and improving people’s understading of the surrounding world.



2007-2013 The University of Reading; 2006-2007 Technical University of Vienna (ERASMUS-SOCRATES Student Exchange Programme); 2003 – 2007 Gdansk University of Technology


PhD, MSc, BSc (1st, Hons), A-levels (Maths, Polish, English)

Work History:

Current Job:

Project Manager/Consultant (Radioactive Waste Management & Environment)


Nuvia Limited

Me and my work

In my job I make sure that no harm comes to the environment and humans from the radioactive waste produced by the industry.

Because these are predominantly international projects my job involves a lot of travelling, working with a variety of people and trying not to get lost in translation.

My Typical Day

Answering emails, abating disasters, writing documents, coordinating work and trying to remain sane for the weekend when I meet my friends for a cup of tea and a good dose of silly conversation.

What I'd do with the money

I would donate it to STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) to improve how science is taught in schools.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Optimistic, curious and a bit geeky.

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Marillion, Axel Rudi Pell, Bon Jovi, Blue Foundation

What's your favourite food?

Greek and Eastern European

What is the most fun thing you've done?

You mean apart of taking part in ‘I’m a Scientist’? :)

What did you want to be after you left school?

A lawyer, an art historian, a doctor, a film critic and a travel writer.

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Not really, though I did my fair share of school ditching.

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Spending 5 days doing experiments in a particle accelators (Diamond Light Source). It’s such an amazing place

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

I was adamant that I will be studying “something technical and practical”. But very soon after starting my course I’ve become passionate about the environment and the science behind it.

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

It’s difficult to imagine myself not involved in science at least in some way. Perhaps a programmer..

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

Climb Machu Picchu, discover a medical tricorder and see Earth from space.

Tell us a joke.

“Mr Dog what’s on a tree?”, “Bark!”

Other stuff

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