Before joining EMBL-EBI in 2002, Cath spent a decade as an editor of scientific review journals, cutting her teeth with the Elsevier Trends Journals before launching Nature Reviews Cancer. A brief dalliance with medicine at the University of Oxford led her to seek solace in molecules in Cambridge, where she completed her PhD in biochemistry under the guidance of Robin Irvine. Cath joined EMBL-EBI to develop the outreach programme, and extended her responsibilities to include user training in 2006. Her team now coordinates a wide-ranging portfolio of training and scientific outreach activities reaching tens of thousands of individuals each year. She contributes to a number of pan-European projects including RItrain, CORBEL, BioExcel and ENLIGHT_TEN, and is co-chair of the curriculum and competencies taskforce of the International Society of Computational Biology.