Catherine Lyall is Professor of Science and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh where, despite a first degree in chemistry, she holds a position in the School of Social and Political Science. Her career at Edinburgh has progressed from part-time Research Officer to Personal Chair via numerous research contracts within grant-funded research centres and a period as Associate Dean for Research Careers. She is an experienced science policy researcher and evaluator of knowledge exchange and interdisciplinary research. Her new book Being an Interdisciplinary Academic. How Institutions Shape University Careers highlights the enduring challenges faced by researchers attempting to embed interdisciplinarity in their own career trajectory.