Don’t let work eat into your personal life, Academy urges researchers

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Academy of Medical Sciences (UK)

In a new campaign, launched today (Thursday 23 February) in a special issue of The Lancet, the Academy of Medical Sciences will recognise the different people and diverse working styles currently operating in medical research in the UK.

The campaign, called #MedSciLife, brings together the personal stories of those working in medical sciences to promote different working practices and inspire the next generation of scientists to develop dynamic, creative, and forward thinking approaches to the way they work. In doing this, the Academy is also urging researchers not to neglect outside interests when pursuing a career in science.

Writing in a special issue of The Lancet timed to the Academy's spring meeting, Professor Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said:

"It is the Academy's view that time outside of work has the potential to nourish creativity, build resilience, and give fresh perspectives on existing problems, precisely the skills that result in the best quality research. A life outside science is not an extra, but an integral part of who we are as scientists."

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