The summary of the most recent Graduate Employment Survey (The Biochemist, Feb 2002, p. 41) bore the headline ‘More good graduates shun research’. When the Survey report was being written, the Society was conducting its first on-line consultation of members, seeking views on the key factors that influence the recruitment and retention of biological scientists. The results of the two surveys armed the Society with the hard facts needed to lobby the government to introduce changes to make research careers more attractive.

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