From the age of four, Vita Godec knew exactly what she wanted to do. She wanted to be a professor. She planned ahead and set herself up for a PhD in her home country of Slovenia at the University of Ljubljana, exploring the enzymes that form cell walls, approaching the problem from different scientific perspectives: biology, chemistry and physics. After completing in 2012, however, she realised that that she would need to go abroad to fulfil her life dream. “There are only three universities in Slovenia, and only one of them has a natural sciences department,” she recalls.