A life in science—and away from it
The Academy of Medical Sciences' MedSciLife project seeks to emphasise the diversity of medical research careers, and encourages those involved in medical research to be more open about their own lives outside of work and how they manage to find a balance. The project also offers a forum in which to help work out ways to deal with the conflicts many researchers face.
In a series of articles about nurturing future biomedical and clinical scientists in The Lancet, commentators point out that medical scientists of the future will need to be dynamic, creative, and forward thinking, and that time outside of work has the potential to nourish creativity, build resilience, and give fresh perspective—precisely the skills that result in the best quality research.
Professor Andrea Brand, a senior group leader at the Gurdon Institute, follows her passion for ballet outside of her demanding research role, while accepting that it is a juggling act to keep both interests going and take part in family life too. Andrea comments: “Just discussing [work-life balance] as an issue that affects almost everyone is helpful, because younger people particularly may feel they're the only ones struggling to achieve a balance.”
Derived from articles by Geoff Watts and others in The Lancet Vol 389: Special Issue for the Spring Meeting for Clinician Scientists in Training 2017.
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