The Crick cafe

The Crick community

Introduction

Our community is rooted in day-to-day interactions. Whether that's having coffee in collaboration areas around the building, eating together in the restaurant or joining a club.

We have a subsidised onsite restaurant and café and encourage colleagues to get together socially. A few nights a week, our café becomes a bar for a few hours.

Our building is designed around collaboration, with plenty of places to bump into people or have quick chats or more formal meetings.

We also have a variety of established groups with new ones starting up regularly. Some of these are purely social, others combine social activities with learning new techniques, and some are dedicated to representing the interests of particular groups of people.

These groups sit alongside the research interest groups which every researcher is encouraged to join to keep track of developments in their field.

Social and sporting

The sport and social club at the Crick is called Cricksters. Cricksters runs large events such as quiz nights and ceilidhs; sports like tennis, squash, running clubs, yoga and Pilates; and social events like craft club, board gaming club and film club.

Science clubs

We have a number of clubs where people get together to talk and learn from each other about a specific scientific field or technique. These range from optogenetics to autophagy, genome editing to image analysis.

Staff networks

Our networks represent the interests of particular groups of people, as well as providing social and networking opportunities. These include PRISM, our black, Asian and minority ethnic network; Proud Crick for our LGBT+ people; Enable, a disability-focused network; and a family network for everyone with responsibilities outside work.

Apart from our daily lab duties there is the opportunity to join various committees and networks that encompass the Crick family. The chance to join the many social groups or functions such as Cricksters, walking clubs and cocktail nights means there’s ample opportunity to strike the perfect work-social life balance.
Roger George, Principal Laboratory Research Scientist, Structural Biology STP