About Us

What we do:

Futurum Careers is a free online resource and magazine aimed at introducing 14-19-year-olds worldwide to the world of work in STEM (science, tech, engineering, maths, medicine) and SHAPE (social sciences, humanities and the arts for people and the economy). We collaborate with academics all over the world and translate their research into free education resources that can be used in the classroom, at home and in STEM and SHAPE clubs.

Why we do it:

Futurum is here because we want to help teachers deliver a high quality, broadened STEM and SHAPE education that will invigorate their students’ desire to learn. We want to help scientists and researchers communicate their work to a global audience of teenagers, young adults and teachers. We want to offer teenagers and young adults – regardless of their gender, race or background – the knowledge and confidence to study STEM and SHAPE subjects – and, in turn, social mobility.

Our ultimate aim is to help students (and teachers help students) connect the subjects they are learning with real-world careers in STEM and SHAPE. In the UK, Ofsted now ranks schools according to their application of Gatsby Benchmarks. The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of eight guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. When schools and teachers use our content, we can support them in meeting Gatsby Benchmarks 2, Learning from career and labour market information; 4, Linking curriculum learning to careers; 5 Encounters with employers and employees; and 7 Encounters with further and higher education. The US equivalent is the NGSS – Next Generation Science Standards.

Our mission is to enable researchers to inspire, teachers to motivate, and students to aspire.

How we work with researchers:

As the name Futurum suggests, we are always looking ahead, which is why we feel strongly about the importance of sharing knowledge and innovation, and why we ensure that research is communicated in an accessible and engaging manner, to an audience that is keen to learn.

We get to know our researchers’ work, use our expertise to craft teacher and student-friendly learning resources, and ensure our researchers are proud of the materials we share with the public on their behalf.

Increasing STEM and SHAPE skills is a global priority and Futurum is gratified by connecting experts from all over the world with the next generation of researchers. We ensure real impact is achieved by getting researcher’s work in front of teachers, from a source they trust and in a format they can use easily.

How we support teachers:

Every teacher wants to challenge their students and to pass on the passion for their subject that made them work in education in the first place. In the real world of heavy teaching timetables and minimal planning time, however, we know that teachers can struggle to provide learning experiences that broaden their students’ knowledge and understanding beyond the confines of exam specifications.

Our job is to provide free, stimulating and high-quality resources that enable teachers to stretch their students that little bit more, and take them beyond the classroom and into the innovative world of contemporary research.

The resources we provide for teachers foster engagement, curiosity and independent learning, while showcasing career options available to young people.

Meet the Futurum team

Brett Langenberg

Brett Langenberg

Managing Director and Founder

Before launching Futurum Careers and its parent company, Scicomm Consulting, I set up an architectural draughting company, a transport company and an autoglass fitment company, and was a partner in an engineering business, all in South Africa. While I enjoyed building and running these businesses, they weren’t my true passion. My true passion for science communication and education came about when I emigrated from South Africa to the UK and started working for an academic publisher. Being exposed to so many inspirational research papers and projects sparked an idea, which led me to launch Futurum Careers with the help of our Editor-in-Chief extraordinaire, Karen!

My route here could have been a lot shorter with the right advice, guidance and support, but I feel very fortunate to be doing what I love: communicating science to young minds. Check out my profile on Sci-Comm Consulting: scicomsult.com

Most likely to say: “How can I help?”

Chris Dowell

Chris Dowell

Project Manager

I’ve always been passionate about science, and science policy that can make it a positive force for environmental and human wellbeing.

It has been an eclectic career that includes many years in publishing, from motorcycle magazines to recycling titles, project managing small scale renewable energy systems, teaching circus skills and many things in between. Along the way, I’ve gained a BScs in Psychology, a First in Environmental Science and an MSc in Energy and Climate Change.

The joy, and perhaps the curse, of the environmental scientist is that we are natural interdisciplinary thinkers. I get excited and fascinated by just about every area of science. That makes my job as a project manager for Futurum feel like a real privilege, working with researchers in all kinds of topics all over the world.

I’m keen on growing as much of my own food as I can, and my partner and I share our garden with several cats, and families of foxes and badgers. I am all for a symbiotic relationship with our local wildlife!

Most likely to say: “These electric bikes are brilliant!”

Erica Morgan

Erica Morgan


I worked as a secondary school English teacher for 18 years, including a three-year stint in an international school in Thailand. As well as English language and literature, I have taught media, and drama and dance to 11 to 18-year-olds of myriad abilities, personalities and backgrounds – though the less said about dance the better!

This quick overview probably suggests that I don’t naturally have a head for ‘STEM’ and, in a way, that’s right.

However, as I used to tell my students, it’s not always the plot or the content itself that is the most interesting thing – it’s often the ‘bigger picture’, beyond the world of the text, that matters. What does a novel tell us about our world and how humans live their lives or, indeed, how they could live their lives? It is the exploration, analysis and evaluation that counts. All vital components to STEM and SHAPE.

So, with a love of analysis and a passion for helping young people to aspire, whatever their backgrounds and preconceptions, my role at Futurum is to help researchers communicate the fascinating narrative of their research to the next generation. But no, no dancing…

Most likely to say: “Who would like a cup of tea?”

Isla Foffa

Isla Foffa

Assistant Editor

I joined the Futurum team after finishing my PhD in volcanology. Investigating a remote Chilean volcano meant plenty of fieldwork adventures – wild camping on the flanks of the volcano, braving scorching sun and violent storms, trying to lug all my rock samples halfway around the world… Not made any easier by the fact that the volcano was only accessible by horseback and I’m not the biggest fan of horses!

I was also lucky enough to do an internship with Guatemala’s national volcano monitoring agency, where I joined the team on a trip to Volcán de Pacaya. Standing at the summit as clots of glowing red lava were thrown out over our heads was an incredible, if somewhat nerve-wracking, experience!

I became involved in science outreach and communication while at university. I taught lessons about volcanoes in primary schools, I ran geology stalls at science fairs, and I led public walks around the extinct volcano in the centre of Edinburgh. I love enthusing people about science and exciting them about the wonders of the world around us.

When not climbing volcanoes, you can probably find me orienteering, reading, knitting or quilting.

Joe Aslett

Joe Aslett

Editorial Assistant

I entered the world of science communication via a master’s degree, studied during the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic at the University of the West of England. My interest in science communication stems from a love of the natural world and a curiosity about the human mind. What drives the decisions and choices that we make? Why do we believe different things? What motivates us and gives us purpose? I find exploring these questions in the context of science communication, particularly environmental communication, fascinating.

In the shadow of the covid lockdowns, I used my dissertation to investigate whether nature-based podcasts could help us connect with the natural world when we weren’t able to access it. Working on this project reaffirmed for me the importance of spending time in nature and revealed to me the power that podcasts have to do good in the world.

Having spent a couple of years working with Futurum as a freelance writer and podcast producer, it is a pleasure to say that I am now officially part of the team, working as an editorial assistant.

So, I’m a science communicator by day, but by night, I’m a drummer. I’ve been playing the drums since I was ten years old, and I’ve barely stopped since. I have the privilege of playing with some great musicians and some even greater friends, and you’ll often find us gigging in one or another of Bristol’s many venues.

Sophia Kerby

Sophia Kerby

Senior Graphic Designer

I have worked in print communications, primarily within publishing, for over ten years. This has given me opportunity to use my design skills across a variety of industries, creating artwork that is functional, timeless and bold, and giving brands a “voice”. For me, graphic design is all about collaboration, the ultimate aim being to fulfil the needs of the client and engage with the audience.

I’ve always wanted to be a part of a team of fellow creatives, who are proactive, supportive and inspiring, hence finding myself as part of the wonderful Futurum team!

When I’m not designing, I can be found exploring the great outdoors, riding my horse, enjoying time with friends and family and, most importantly, being a mother!

Jacob Ashton

Jacob Ashton


I am a science writer, researcher and communicator. With an academic background in natural sciences, I have spent a number of years working in environmental communications, specialising in the marine environment. This has included experiences corralling teams of scientists, collaborating with NGOs in the UK and abroad, and forays into the heart of Parliament.

Now fully freelance, I take on a wide range of science communication projects that feel meaningful and worthwhile. Futurum definitely fulfils those criteria.

I am currently living my best life in sunny Costa Rica!

Rania Bouka

Rania Bouka


As a future biomedical scientist, I’ve always aspired to make a difference. Initially, my interests were focused on research, convinced that it was my ‘sole calling’. However, life’s twists brought me into the world of science communication and education.

My journey into science communication began during my high school years in Greece, where I volunteered as a tutor in a non-profit organisation. Helping refugee children with their science homework inspired me to explore innovative methods to transform science from a boring memorisation of facts into an engaging subject. It was at this point that I realised the importance of making science accessible to all. Since then, I’ve been striving to bridge the gap between complex scientific concepts and the wider community.

When I am not learning about cells and molecules, I love reading books and playing tennis. However, my greatest passion is music, and most of the time you’ll find me playing my violin!

Kate Wilkinson

Kate Wilkinson


When I left school, I started studying a Maths degree before figuring out I was on the wrong career path and switching to an English Literature degree instead. Having loved it, I’m now halfway through a master’s in Creative Writing. I love hearing about our researchers’ own paths to where they are now – especially when they haven’t been straightforward!

Outside of, and alongside, working for Futurum, I’ve done a variety of jobs, including editing and proofreading, English Language teaching, environmental work as a ranger, and coaching in a rock-climbing gym. I love getting other people excited and passionate about learning something new, and this is exactly what I enjoy about working as a writer for Futurum too! It’s wonderful having the opportunity to learn about fascinating research projects and figure out how to communicate these to others in ways that will interest them the most.

Whenever I’m not writing, I try and spend lots of time outside – whether that’s walking, cycling, climbing or kayaking. You’ll most likely find me in Scotland, by the sea.

Iliyah Maddox

Iliyah Maddox

Web Developer

My passion for web development started at age 13 when I built my first website. I studied for a degree in music technology and had a brief stint as a studio engineer, but my passion for website design has led me to a 15-year career in web development, designing many different websites in a variety of sectors.

Since 2015, my focus has been on designing websites and publishing for science publications, and in 2018 I joined the Futurum team. Outside of work, I enjoy making music and embrace the joys of fatherhood with my one-year-old.