Hey! I’m Felipe, I finished last year my PhD on Sweet corn postharvest quality. I got to travel to California, Senegal, and Spain for fieldwork!
Now, I am a scientist working and living in London. I love doing crafts, sewing, and upcycling furniture. I speak English and Spanish as I was born in the south of Spain.
My pronouns are:
Vertical farming plant scientist.
I work carrying out trials with different crops, lighting, irrigation etc. I’m a farmer in Central London!!
– Design, plan and carry out trials to test and assess relevant aspects.
– Collect samples and generate data sets.
– Provide physiological context and interpretations of the results.
– Generate necessary resources as part of the handover procedure for new farms.
– Elaborate on relevant documentation to fulfil client requirements.
– Test the facilities to ensure operational standards are suitable.
– Identify areas of interest for Research & Development.
My Typical Day:
Last year I got into going to the gym in the morning (crazy right?) I wake up at 6:30 go to the gym and by 9:00am I’m at work. I check the plants growing on the system and then I get going with whatever needs doing that day; more sowing, adjusting trials, and harvesting.
What I'd do with the prize money:
If I win the price money I would organise an Open day at Vertical Future to show the farm to students. And I promise to spend the 500 in food for the visitors!!!!
I went to School and Uni in Spain.
I did my undergrad in Biology (University of Seville) , then a Masters in Crop Biology (University of Barcelona & University of Southampton), Followed by a PhD (University of Southampton & University of California)
I was a Kitchen Porter in a Thai restaurant (Delicious Pad Thai)
I worked in LIDL (delicious Croissants)
Then I volunteered in the Uni as a Lab assistant
My previous job was as a Process technologist designing products for supermarkets (pre-cut vegetables and salads)
Now a Scientist at Vertical Future
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Who has never been in trouble?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Some artsy job like designing clothes or decorating rooms
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Health, Money and Invisibility
Tell us a joke.
What is the most aMAIZing plant? MAIZE!