Addressing the loss of social interaction for laboratory-based sciences

June 1, 2020

In addition to some laboratory-based scientists losing the capacity to execute experiments, David Kent notes another important aspect of this work that has been impacted by the pandemic: social interactions. “I miss it dearly,” writes Kent, “not just the social interaction that comes with being a lab-based scientist, but the spur of the moment conversations that cannot be pre-planned and are inspirational for where the next set of experiments might go.” Aside from online meetings, the author recommends that lab-based scientists think outside their normal spaces and consult groups with experiential knowledge on running group interactions remotely. UA (National)