Katharine Samms CSci, Flood Risk Management Technical Specialist

Katharine, Chartered Scientist, sits at an office desk with files and folders on her desk

Scientist Type: Developer/Translational

Professional body: CIWEM

"I wanted recognition for my level of qualification and experience similar to the CEng designation that my engineering colleagues were able to attain."

Why I chose to apply for Chartered Scientist

I felt that I wanted recognition for my level of qualification and experience similar to the CEng designation that my engineering colleagues were able to attain.

The value of professional bodies

They provide a mechanism for keeping members up to date with developments in the field and provide a recognized level of competence for their members, which potential employers can use.

How important is CPD?

CPD is very important in a professional scientist’s career. The nature of science is that everyday our knowledge and understanding moves forward, also the world as we know it is constantly changing. Without CPD an individual would become ineffectual in their field or in the worse case, a danger to the public and environment.