Science Diplomat | Marga Gual Soler

Marga Gual Soler is a Spanish cell biologist turned science diplomat, science advocate, and STEM activist. A self proclaimed "scientist without borders" she is passionate about science diplomacy and promoting women in science.

Gual Soler grew up on the small Spanish island of Mallorca located in the Mediterranean and traces her interest in science back to age 12 when she started reading science books in her villages small library. Gual Soler completed BS and MS degrees in biology at the University of Barcelona and then her PhD in molecular cell biology from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia in 2013.

In addition to her coursework and research with the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland, she joined their Science Ambassadors Program. But it was her work after her PhD, with an international NGO that provided science education programs across many countries, that she fully realized her interest in the role science cooperation and diplomacy can play in human health and environment issues in international development. In 2013, she solidified her own science and policy skills by completing a high-level internship with the United Nations in New York City that culminated in opportunities to attend and present at UN agency meetings in Geneva and Paris.

Gual Soler's science activism is most apparent when the topic of inspiring women and girls to pursue STEM careers...she is an eager advocate and networker on the subject and is an expert at channeling the power of social media around the challenge.

Outside of her science diplomacy and promotion efforts, Gual Soler is an international traveler and an avid scuba diver having explored "underwater paradises" of Australia, Bali, Borneo, Cuba and Mexico.

Perhaps most impressive of all, at least for us here at Future-ish, is that she landed the #2 spot on our women's 2013 Stylish Scientist her first year on the list!
Congrats Marga, we can't wait to see the great things you will accomplish in your career!!!