Meet our crew: Brigitte Martens
MEET BRIGITTE MARTENS, SCIENCE WRITER AND QUALITY CONTROL COORDINATOR.
Give 3 keywords that describe your work.
- PRECISION: being rigorously precise when I work on quality.
- EXPLORATION: keep searching for serious scientific sources when I write science pieces.
- CREATION: sketching helps to communicate ideas in a different way, clear and visual.
Explain a typical day of work at BOTALYS.
In the morning I usually work on quality in our laboratory with my colleagues, respecting social distancing. I ensure that every batch of ingredients that leaves the company is of the highest quality and complies with legal standards. In the afternoon, I switch to “writer mode”. From home, I do research and write scientific educative articles as well as in-depth papers about medicinal plants and their virtues on specific health topics. It gives me great pleasure to transform complicated data into an easy to read text. I like to get to the bottom of things and share my findings with the world.
As my job at BOTALYS consists of two distinct parts, I feel fulfilled because I enjoy variety.
In your job, what project are you the proudest of?
The Deep Dive File on Ginseng and Menopause (read full file here). Because it concerns many women and it could inspire nutraceutical companies to find an innovative blend that helps them to deal with this major issue.
If you would be a medicinal plant, which one would you be and why?
I would be a Pine tree (Pinus sylvestris). It supports the immune system, helps to focus and remedies fatigue and anxiety. This is also what I do in my job by writing scientific articles and supporting the team with meditation sessions.
Can you tell us how important Nature is for you?
Nature is my main “raison de vivre”. Since 2013, I created a permaculture garden because I wanted to grow our own food and medicinal plants as well. But above all: I wanted to cooperate with nature and discover all her secrets. I spend a lot of my free time in my garden, but I also enjoy dwelling alone in the forest and get lost.
Can you give us a mantra that drives you in Life?
Panta rhei – everything flows. When I feel like I hit rock bottom, this is what gives me hope. Everything is temporary because everything changes, evolves.
Do you have a tip/advice to share in order to keep on performance and happiness at work in this period of Covid-19 pandemic?
I sincerely believe that every crisis holds an opportunity to grow stronger and learn new things.
My personal tip to deal with this difficult time would be to take a few minutes each day to meditate (read full article here). Trust me, that will help you to be much more focused on your work and to deal better with stressful situations.