Lia studied neuroscience before becoming a science teacher and head of department for six years. Whilst teaching she undertook a M.Ed. at the University of Cambridge focusing on how insights from neuroscience could be utilised to improve classroom practice. Lia now works at the Wellcome Trust where she has been leading the innovative ‘Education and Neuroscience Initiative’ the aims of which are to build the evidence base by funding research (educational interventions informed by neuroscience) and helping to support teachers to utilise existing relevant research findings. In September 2016 she organised the IMBES pre-conference and was then elected to the governing board in 2017.