The Medical Research Council has invested £200,000 in a new national network which will help scientists overcome barriers to working in interdisciplinary science.
X-Net has been formed to bring together researchers spanning all career stages in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to facilitate the sharing of expertise and knowledge among its members.
By connecting MRC Unit researchers with each other it will harness their experiences of crossing disciplines – in particular from STEM to biomedical and from biomedical to computational.
Through regular talks, presentations and peer-mentoring activities the network will develop to include further centres of excellence and to grow its membership while engaging industry, patients and public.
The network will define a roadmap for navigating interdisciplinary research careers, identifying key contributions and funding limitations, using this to engage with funders to develop opportunities for future fellowships and grants.
The network will also work to promote cross-disciplinary research as a career path to those within the STEM community who are considering making a move into the biomedical sciences. Through a series of outreach workshops, X-Net hopes to inform and inspire these groups by showcasing existing cross-disciplinary research and careers. X-Net aims to remove the barriers to interdisciplinary research. An anonymous survey, to be completed by researchers with an interest in interdisciplinarity in the area of Biomedicine, has been developed to get an insight of which those barriers might be. It would be much appreciated the completion and redistribution of the questionnaire among the scientific community to reach a high number of responses. Link to survey:
To find out more about X-Net and to learn how to get involved, visit https://x-net.bio/ 
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