I have been a part of BosLab for about one year. I am lucky to be a scientist at a biotech company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. BosLab provides a way for me to engage the public in biology and more generally, science. I have previously found that science can often be portrayed as overwhelming and difficult. BosLab proves it doesn’t have to be that way. They host engaging and accessible events for those who live in the Boston area. I have participated in the BosLab journal club and the Building with Biology events. At a BosLab journal club, I have presented a paper related to my current work. Because so many of the attendees have different backgrounds than me, the questions they asked were great and often touched on perspectives I hadn’t considered.
My favorite BosLab activity was the Building with Biology event held in conjunction with the Museum of Science in Boston. We held two events. At the first, we met with families to introduce synthetic biology concepts. Families traveled from over an hour away for this event. At the second event, we held a science roundtable aimed at adults. We even had a high school science teacher bring her class. Both of these events featured serious discussions about the topics while still presenting material in a digestible manner. BosLab is run a group of dedicated, creative individuals who are fully committed to bringing science to the community. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with them and believe that they are making a serious impact on the Boston community.