Karin is an author, a speaker, and the co-founder of NaturalScience.Careers. She grew up in a small village in the northeast of the Netherlands. As a child, she mainly caught frogs and leaped over ditches. Later, she dreamed about traveling the world as a biologist. At the age of 17, she swapped village life for a university town up the road and matriculated at the University of Groningen to study biology. Six amiable years later, blurred by pub visits and lengthy “work” sojourns in China and Spain, she graduated with an M.Sc. in molecular biology and was increasingly gripped by science. Having acquired a taste for travel and cultural enrichment, and perhaps a bizarre yearning to return to drizzle, she moved to the wonderful, historic city of Edinburgh, capital of Scotland, to start her Ph.D. in biochemistry. She successfully defended her thesis in 2011.
These days, she gives soft-skill and career seminars to early-career scientists and speaks and moderates at science events. She writes short stories, career columns, and opinion pieces for science magazines and is the author of several books, including the humorous novel You Must Be Very Intelligent: The PhD Delusion and the career guide Cook It: The time, life, and career management workbook for natural and life scientists.