United Kingdom

Maike Rentel

Maike Rentel is a consultant with 15+ years first-hand experience in science research, science policy and education, in the UK and abroad. Following a career in academic research, she moved to the interface between science and policy, specialising on facilitating information exchange and collaboration. Maike has built sustained international networks between scientists, policy makers, funders, and business, drawing on her thorough understanding of research and policy developments across a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines. She is able to quickly come up to speed on new areas of science, succinctly synthesise key information, and share conclusions and strategic recommendations in accessible terms.

Prior to joining Technopolis, Maike was the Vice Consul for Science & Innovation at the British Consulate-General in San Francisco. In this role, she created programmes to advance information exchange and science collaboration between UK and California/Pacific NW scientists, policy makers, business, and funders – not unlike a “scientific matchmaker”. Maike covered a vast array of science research and policy areas, spanning from stem cells to biofuels, from battery technologies to synthetic biology and ocean acidification. She authored 25+ reports for UK government on US science and policy developments, created 20+ projects to support scientific collaboration, and led on the organisation of high-level UK visits to the US, including programmes for Ministers, Parliamentary Committees, Chief Scientific Advisors, and Research Council executives.

During her scientific research career, Maike held postdoctoral positions at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco. She obtained a DPhil in Plant Science / Molecular Biology from the University of Oxford, and a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh. Maike also holds a degree in business and languages (English, French, Spanish) from Zeppelin Universität Friedrichshafen (Germany).

Fluent in German and English, Maike also has a good working knowledge of French and Spanish.