The MRC Festival Zone was a four-week-long online event funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) as part of the MRC Festival of Medical Research. 25 MRC researchers and technical staff put up profiles on the website, and 24 of these engaged with students throughout the month in live CHATs and the ASK section.
1,204 students from 33 schools all over the UK logged in to the zone over the four weeks. 79% of the schools were widening participation and/or underserved, an increase from 59% in 2018’s event.
In the ASK section, 342 questions were approved and sent to the researchers and technical staff, who between them wrote 2,072 answers.
63 online live CHATs took place during the event, including four evening CHATs where students could join in from home with their family. An average of six researchers came to each session, giving students a wide variety of roles and people to find out about.