Jack Westwood, PhD, is Vice Consul, Science and Innovation, at the British Consulate General in Chicago. Jack joined the Science and Innovation team in Chicago in December 2012, providing coverage for the network across the Midwest. Previously, Jack worked for 3 years as a postdoc in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, where he studied the mechanisms of plant disease infection and transmission by insects. This was also the topic of his PhD research which he completed at Cambridge in collaboration with Imperial College London and Broom’s Barn Research Centre. Jack has always had a keen interest in the application of science which he is looking forward to further developing in this role.