So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye…

Each week on @RealScientists, as we welcome a new curator, we bid farewell to another; so goes the nature of our account, and curator farewells from RS are never a final goodbye, just an au revoir. This one is a little different, a little more definite, as today we’re saluting and farewelling two of our @RealSciMods admin team, Matthew Partridge (@MCeeP) and Sarah Morgan (@DrSMMorgan). Like our curator farewells, this isn’t goodbye, just an au revoir.

Both Matt and Sarah joined us this year, and brought much in the way of new ideas, much-needed skillsets and fresh perspectives to the original admin team (of myself, @upulie, @reneewebs and @sciencesarah). Aside from their contributions to welcoming curators, stewarding discussions online, generating content for the website and finding better ways to bring RealScientists to its audience (such as freeing us from the tyranny of week-long crash-prone Storifications of curator tweet archives!) Initiatives ranging from our collaboration with the Royal Institution, which brought Ri Christmas Lecturer Professor Danielle George to the account, and the development of this shiny new website which you are currently faced with, were made possible with Matt’s efforts. Sarah’s passion for science communication and education at primary and secondary level was demonstrated not only in her week of curation, but in her establishment of the RSStudents initiative which is under development. For their own independent reasons, Matt and Sarah have felt now is the time to move their focus from RealScientists back to their own projects and interests; Matt to his excellent ErrantScience.com blog, Sarah to her passion for finding a way for science communication to reach the unengaged (or ‘not yet engaged’) public.

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Sarah and the author undertaking a @RealSciMods editorial discussion

MCeeP

Not many people realise that Matt’s head actually looks exactly like this, due to a rare encephalopathy/forelimb development condition which we are very proud of him for overcoming

On behalf of the RealSciMods ‘originals’, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thanks to both Sarah and Matt for all their efforts, their ideas, and their contributions to RealScientists this year. We are massively grateful for the part they have played in making RealScientists what it is today, and putting it in a position to further grow and develop into what it will be in the future. We look forward to opportunities to collaborate with both of them in the future.

As with all our former curators, we’d love you to keep following @MCeeP and @DrSMMorgan on Twitter, and please take the time to check out their personal sites Errant Science and The Genetically Insane. Sarah, of course, is a former curator of RS, and we’ll have her ‘curator farewell’ exit interview post up shortly; we are hoping to bring you Matt as a curator sometime in the new year, scheduling willing.

theotherdrsmith

James is a recovering scientist and escaped postdoc who works in research management at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He's now retired from active @RealScientists duty, after serving from the project's beginnings in 2013 through to mid 2015. When not managing research, surviving #PlanetParenthood or pretending not to be an expat Australian in the Deep South of NZ, he tweets @theotherdrsmith.

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