Meeting our volunteers
May was a particularly exciting month as our core team and volunteers came together for the first time to meet, learn lessons from one another and plan our various ongoing projects.
Who are we?
MPNS volunteers have an impressive range of skills and experience including careers in pharmaceuticals, medical communications and agricultural sustainability. One volunteer has experience in developing strategic international partnerships, another is a GP, and we also have a recent graduate from UCL with an MSc in Medicinal Natural Products and Phytochemistry and a strong interest in the regulation of herbals, hence her understanding of the value of MPNS. Two of the volunteers also act as guides for Kew visitors, sharing their knowledge of the history and features of the gardens as well as explaining some of the science that goes on behind the scenes. Another volunteer, who can speak Mandarin (which proves particularly helpful when capturing new records for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)), came all the way from Holland. All of us are united in a fascination for medicinal plants and a desire for them to be used safely and effectively.