Taking your family on a fieldtrip often requires careful planning to ensure safe and fun interactions with new environments, communities and cultures


Taking your kids into the field may be a fantastic educational opportunity, but fieldwork can be stressful at the best of times, even when you aren't juggling the demands of research and family. Here we provide information to help you kick-start a family-friendly research trip that is safe and enjoyable for all. Join the aKIDemic Life community today and we will send you the latest tips to help you prepare for your next fieldtrip.


Interview with Christina Hicks on taking kids into the field

making fieldwork and research trips family-friendly

“Things change, what works with one child, for one field site, one year, may not work the next, so constantly reflect, be responsive and flexible”

PROFESSOR CHRISTINA HICKS, Researcher @ Lancaster University


Resources on making research trips child-friendly

article on fieldwork and children in academia

Juggling Fieldwork With Kids In Tow Global

This article from the Nature Jobs blog gives useful advice for researcher-parents who want to balance their children’s needs with work priorities while in the field.

Articles & Blogs

Kid-Friendly Digs Global

Another article from the Nature Jobs blog details stories, tips and tricks for taking your kids into the field with you, and when to leave them at home.

article on taking kids on fieldwork

Fieldwork While Parenting Global

This new blog provides a series of short articles by people who have taken their children into the field with them. The focus is on how to make fieldwork family-friendly. The coordinators are always looking for new content, so if you have interesting stories or information that might help readers, details on how to contribute your stories can be found here.

grant for women in quantiative biomedical science for childcare

Georgina Sweet Award For Women In Quantitative Biomedical Science AU

This fellowship is targeted at supporting mid-career female researchers in Australia who work in Quantitative Biomedical Science. The grants are research focused, but can be used towards childcare costs associated with the recipient's work.

funding for childcare costs when traveling to conference

Anne Penfold Street Awards AU

The Australian Mathematical Society's grant can be used to cover childcare costs for parents traveling for research.


Information to help smooth your journey