Enago’s Global Survey on Research Laboratories

Research had gone into a halt when the pandemic struck the world early this year. But with several months having passed by, and the situation gradually coming under control, research has slowly and steadily made its progress forward, in most of the countries. A part of this progress in science included re-opening of laboratories.

Reopening of Laboratories: How Convenient is it?

Re-opening of research laboratories is not an easy task though, especially amidst these times. There are several precautions that must be kept in mind while entering, working and leaving the laboratories. Besides these individual precautions, the labs themselves have to be extremely equipped to re-open and let researchers work in there, safely. They also have to be well-prepared for any emergency situation that may arise while working in the lab.

In fact, there have been several labs that remained open during the pandemic. Researchers have had to work in shifts which may have been inconvenient for most of them. Besides this, there are several other related issues they have had to face during these times. Few such issues include unavailability of samples, delayed delivery of samples, funding issues and so on. There are also social distancing norms that they have had to follow while working in the labs. None of these conditions or changes has been easy on them.

Enago’s Global Survey of Research Labs

Keeping the above conditions and issues in mind, as part of our Research Risk Assessment initiative, we have decided to survey how researchers all over the world are working in laboratories post-lockdown and the changes implemented to undermine the pandemic effect. This will help us get an idea of the impact this pandemic has had on research laboratories, globally. It would also enable us to have a better understanding of the preparedness of the laboratories and the modified measures taken, exclusively to continue research during these times.

What is the Survey About?

The survey addresses the following aspects among a few others:

  • How well-equipped are laboratories to re-open in this current situation?
  • What are the issues researchers have faced while working during these times?
  • How effectively have the researchers been able to manage their work from home?
  • What are the precautions individual researchers must take while working/re-starting work in the laboratories during the pandemic?

The survey is available in the following languages: English, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The survey ends on January 31, 2021. Take the survey and share with us your journey as a researcher during these times.


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