01 July, 2019
Deciding what to do after completing your PhD can be a daunting task. Weighing up the options, I decided that, whilst there are parts of academic research that I’ll certainly miss, it was time for something different. I’ve always had an interest in how science can influence, and be influenced by, society. What role does basic bioscience play in our everyday lives? Can my research in developmental biology improve people’s lives? Does it need to in order to be useful? Having been involved with a variety of different public engagement activities during my PhD I also knew that I loved sharing my enthusiasm for science with others.
Keeping my eyes peeled for jobs that would let me explore these interests further, I was excited to find an opening at the Babraham working on an EU funded project called ORION Open Science. Delving into this further, I found that the project suited me perfectly! ORION is all about Open Science. This includes things I already knew about, like open access journals, open data, public engagement and citizen science; but also things I’d never heard of, like participatory funding, open notebooks, DIYbio and responsible research and innovation (RRI). Importantly, I knew that I whole-heartedly agreed with the fundamental principle of Open Science, that science should be accessible to anyone who might be interested.
Attending the ORION AGM in my second week was a fantastic way to catch up on what has been happening in the project so far. Some of my favourite initiatives include:
It was also interesting to discuss where the project will be going next. We have a whole host of activities lined up for the next year, and I’m excited to be able to share some great opportunities with the students and researchers at the Babraham:
In the meantime, if you’re keen to get involved in any form of Open Science feel free to get in touch with me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or check out the fantastic resources provided by FOSTER and RRI Tools to learn more.
Image credit: Elisabetta Broglio, Citizen Science Coordinator, Centre for Genomic Regulation
01 July 2019