Yes, it’s a great way to promote research and we’ve certainly taken the chance to do that, especially outside in the community alongside our colleagues from the Citizen Scientist project. And it’s been a lot of fun, a way to get to know colleagues better and to add to team spirit (if only to commiserate over unflattering photos!)
· I wouldn’t be here without research
· My dad died of cancer and I want to help stop others losing their loved ones
· It will help my son
· It prolonged the life of my niece
· My mum suffered from dementia and I want to help to stop the suffering
· I want my Grandma to feel better
As you can imagine, those sorts of messages can spark some pretty emotional conversations.
And while it’s absolutely right that our scientists weigh the evidence dispassionately, isn’t it great that #whywedoresearch also opens up these more personal reactions?
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