How would you make a complicated thing easy and accessible?
Let’s assume we all have the answer to this question (I personally still don’t): how would you make Science accessible to the non-Science audience?!
Likely, it would be one of the most difficult challenges you have ever embraced.
So I have thought of setting up a sort of diary of my research experience as part of my work as a Marie Curie Fellow at King’s College London. I would like to draw a map to the maze of biology, chemistry (and sometimes myth and legend) so that I might encourage many of you to understand some of my branch of Science. I would like to do it in a simple but not simplistic way, engaging with that portion of the general audience who is interested or intrigued by the work scientists do and might find some difficulty in fully understanding it!
To be completely honest, it is sometimes even more difficult for a scientist to explain his/her work in a simple way rather than troubleshooting the Research itself: writing these few lines is taking me more time than wrapping up my last 5 years of studies.
When trying to explain a process, ignoring all those years spent soaking the brain with “specific language and terminologies” that allow a 2 page concept to be expressed in a single word, a Scientist faces the same grade of difficulty as a non-scientific reader does in doing the opposite. And I think this is true for any scientific subjects, from the more widespread biology to the more specific quantum astrophysics or rocket science (just think how many mathematical equations are behind the so popular E=mc2)
Given the concept I am not a spin doctor as someone might have assumed (wrongly!) and despite my sharp talent for complicating things, I will try my best to fulfil my target of “being as simple as possible”. I hope the reader(s) will accept my sincere apologies if sometimes I am forced to throw in some technical words that might sound gibberish!
And if I am not able to shed some light on this mysterious world, at least I would like to invite you to follow my BRiDiT (beta cell receptors in diabetes therapy) blog to have a closer understanding of my project that is aimed at investigating the roles of some newly de-orphanised membrane receptors in the islets of Langerhans.