The Medical Research Zone ran from 2 to 27 November 2020. The Zone was 1 of 4 Zones that ran as part of I’m a Scientist: On Demand in November 2020.
I’m a Scientist: On Demand aims to offer greater flexibility to teachers in how, and when, they can take part in I’m a Scientist. This is in response to the COVID-19 situation and greater restrictions and uncertainty in schools.
The Medical Research Zone was funded by the Medical Research Council.
Researchers and Technical Staff
- 41 researchers created profiles in the Zone.
- 38 researchers engaged with students through live Chats and/or Ask questions.
- A broad range of fields and career stages were represented. For example:
- Natsuko Imai – research associate at the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, Imperial College London
- Vrushali Patil – researcher in Mammalian Synthetic Biology at The UK Centre
for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, funded by the MRC
- Suzan Kors – PhD student in Biological Sciences and GW4 BioMed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership, University of Exeter
- 467 students logged in, from 20 schools across Great Britain and 1 from the USA.
- Student participation was 31% of the 1,500 target.
- 82% of active students were from target schools (WP and/or U).
- 39% were from widening participation (WP) schools.
- 58% were from underserved (U) schools
Live Chats & Questions
- 28 live Chats took place took place during the activity.
- 34 live Chats were booked (42% of capacity), but dropout was higher than usual with 6 cancellations.
- On average, 7 researchers/tech staff attended each live Chat; more than is typical.
- 1 teacher typed questions in a live Chat on behalf of their students, so the total number of students engaged in this Zone may be higher by up to 25.
- 58 student questions were approved. There were 109 answers provided.