Dr Jenna Stevens-Smith is a public engagement and communications professional with an imaginative appreciation of science and engineering and strong grasp of current affairs. She has a BEng and PhD in bioengineering and has been working in the field since 2007.
In 2018 she joined the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) as Head of Communications and Engagement. In this role Dr Stevens-Smith leads on communications, partnerships and engagement projects and events. Current projects include engagement and communications around the new LMS building, Suffrage Science, Heroes of Health, Picture of Health, Biomedical Picture of the Day, Innovation Mixers, Community Engagement and Pioneers of Progress.
Prior to joining the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr Stevens-Smith was the admissions tutor and led on outreach and engagement for the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. This included national policy initiatives for the discipline including recognition, health innovation and diversity and working with a number of external and internal partners to help raise the profile of the discipline of bioengineering. In 2014 she was appointed Director of the UK's largest bioengineering conference and in 2016 and 2017 was highly commended for the President's Societal Engagement award for Leadership at Imperial.
Jenna works collaboratively with colleagues in Imperial and other institutions to enhance the impact of the research through extensive networks in academia, funding agencies, industry, media, politics and learned societies.
Prior to joining Imperial in June 2013, Jenna worked for the Royal Society of Biology where she delivered a number of Parliamentary events, including the creation of Voice of the Future, and developed their public engagement and regional programmes and engaged 250,000 people in two years through collaboration with the BBC.
In the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences/ Institute of Clinical Sciences Dr Stevens-Smith's work includes supporting the Director in delivering Institute projects, supporting academics (group heads) with engagement and communication about their research, creating opportunities for researchers to engage with the stakeholders and public audiences, brokering new partnerships and developing creative engagement projects and activities to make LMS research more accessible.