For much of January and February of this year I will be experiencing a different side of the great work my sponsor, the Royal Horticultural Society, does. Working in the Media Department, Peterborough, will give me a more complete overview of the impacts research, such as mine, has on their audiences as we produce publications such as The Garden and The Plantsman.
This placement is a key part of the BBSRC CASE studentship through which I am funded. A key outcome is delivering transferrable skills in order to continue to thrive after submission of my thesis. This will hopefully give me greater conviction to follow a certain path in future and put my own research into perspective to see how the experiments I undertake reach wider audiences.
The placement comes as I enter the final 18 months of my funded research; a key time. I hope this challenging, yet exciting and hugely beneficial, opportunity will give me fresh vigour to continue with my own research as I begin to combine four years of powdery mildew research into a single, comprehensive story: my thesis!