In this issue, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new section, Cell Scientists to Watch, in which we present a series of interviews with cell biologists who are in the earlier stages of their careers, and who we think are making important contributions to the field. As a community journal, Journal of Cell Science is particularly keen to support such scientists by giving them the opportunity to talk about their research plans. This ‘next generation’ of cell biologists also has timely and relevant insight into making the transition to independent group leaders, and we think many of our readers could benefit from this insight. Therefore, as well as hearing about the important work being done by our ‘Cell Scientists to Watch’, we will also be learning of the journeys that led them to where they are now and hearing about the particular challenges they face, both in and out of the lab. Kicking off the series (p. 2401) is Paul Conduit, a group leader at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK, who works on γ-tubulin ring complexes. You can read the transcript of our interview with him, and also watch a short video of him answering three additional, pertinent questions. Among the future interviewees to look forward to are Victoria Cowling from Dundee University, the winner of the inaugural Women in Cell Biology Medal of the British Society for Cell Biology; Irene Miguel-Aliaga from Imperial College, London; and Philip Zegerman from the Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, UK. We hope our readers enjoy this new addition to the journal, and we will be happy to receive suggestions for up-and-coming scientists to feature in the journal.