Apart from bringing young scientists together, ENABLE further aimed at communicating biomedical research to the general public. With this aim, ENABLE initiated direct discussions between scientists and the public. During “Ask the scientist”, researchers and public figures discussed the challenges, advances, and ethical qualms of the fight against cancer in the 21st century. In a cross-disciplinary session, scientists and well-known non-scientific guests were invited to a panel discussion on the importance of leadership, within and outside of the academic world. At four bars in different neighbourhoods of Barcelona, 16 ENABLE participants presented their research to the general public in an informal setting, accompanied by food and beer.
Primary and secondary school students were also invited to IRB Barcelona, to be taken on a journey into what it means to be a scientist. Primary school children were introduced to the scientific method by performing fun experiments, while for teenagers, ENABLE volunteers organised a session where students could directly ask PhD students and Postdocs what it’s like to work in academia.