You are scientist. It is your job to be an expert in what you study, to know and understand the tiniest details of your subject matter. You work with others in your field, and teach/mentor students and postdocs with some background related to your work. You publish your work in specialized publications so that scientists with similar backgrounds and knowledge of your specialized vocabulary understand what you do. But when was the last time you explained your work to someone outside of your very specific field? Or talked about biophysics and all it encompasses in general?
The second annual Biophysics Week, March 6-10, 2017, is an opportunity to do just that. The Biophysical Society will be hosting a series of events, including webinars on topics ranging from mentoring to getting a biophysics paper published, and a Congressional briefing. Lesson plans and profiles of women in biophysics will be released. Cell Press will create a picture show, illustrating the beauty unveiled by biophysics research.
But to really reach people, the Society needs you to get involved.
We encourage you to plan an educational outreach event , such as a seminar, webinar, information session, lab tour, open house, or other activity that allows you to share what you and your colleagues do with others. The Biophysical Society will advertise your event on its website, in member communications, and through social media.
And you will have taken your science out of the lab and engaged. Maybe the effort will result in a student deciding to take a biophysics class, or find a biophysics lab to work in. Maybe it will introduce a high school student to the term biophysics and teach him to not be intimidated by it. Or maybe your efforts will result in a non scientist developing an appreciation of basic research. All are important outcomes. And they will only happen when we all engage.
Plan your event and register it here.
Stay up-to-date on Biophysics Week 2017 here.