On Outreach Activities

Earlier this year, I took a course titled “Research Introduction for New Ph.D. Students” at Uppsala University. In this course, I was informed of a main task of a university that may often be overlooked. I believe that most people know that two of the primary purposes of a university are education and research. However, there is another significant part of a university’s responsibility, and that is outreach. Universities conduct outreach activities to communicate their research activities to the broader public, especially those outside the academic community. Aside from increasing the general public’s interest in science and technology, a good outreach program may also be a platform for the long-term recruitment of students and researchers.

SciFest Uppsala Logo, taken from SLU website [2]
There are many outreach programs here at Uppsala, such as the annual SciFest arranged by Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. From its website, SciFest is a “…festival with a wide range of workshops, shows, competitions, research meetings, and lectures”. This festival has activities for anyone, from kids to adults. Always attended by exhibitors from academia, government authorities, and technology companies, anyone who comes to SciFest will be sure to get a taste of research and science from different perspectives.

As university employees, BioTrib early-stage researchers are also responsible for conducting outreach activity. An outreach program does not have to be a festival, a workshop, or even anything physical. I think the BioTrib’s blog initiative is a good outreach program. With this blog, researchers affiliated with BioTrib can share snippets of our research and even issues within the academic communities to a broader audience. This is especially important for us as BioTrib’s research may significantly impact the medical world in the long term. I hope you’ve found our posts to be interesting and informative!



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This article was written by Vidhiaza Leviandhika as part of an ongoing series of scientific communications written and curated by BioTrib’s Early Stage Researchers.

Vidhiaza is researching the Development of Development of 3D-printed gradient alloys for joint implant component at Uppsala University, Sweden