It is a scientific communication project which aims to improve the scientific culture of society by disseminating results of research in plant biology while breaking the negative stereotypes associated with this job.
How do you imagine the life of a plant biologist inside the Lab?
How do you imagine the life of a plant biologist outside the Lab?
Some people think that we work as botanists, collecting leaves and seeds in the open field.
Some other just ask for advice for their plants on the balcony. «Why do plants die even if I water them every day?» «Why do leaves of my geranium turn yellow?»
It is quite difficult to explain what we do to family and friends, and even more difficult to describe the work with plant DNA and proteins to the public opinion.
Indeed, in the public imagination we manipulate dangerous food, «Frankestein Food», wearing mask, cap and glasses.
Actually, participation in outreach activities revealed lack of correct information on plant research and real need to bridge the gap between plant scientists and non-specialist.
The word «secret» is not because we have something to hide but mainly because public opinion doesn’t know exactly what we are doing and what we are in the real life.
This project was founded by FECYT Fundación del sector público que depende del Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades cuya misión es impulsar la ciencia, la tecnología e innovación & supported by CRAG
The project The secret life of researchers has been funded by the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FCT‐17‐12694) granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.