I joined the RSN a couple of years ago and this forum in July. Due to my work commitments I cannot attend most of the events that I get emails about and so only just went to my first Project Visit last week. It was really interesting to visit a lab and listen to the researchers talk about their work. As someone whose volunteering role is basically computer based, reviewing policies and grant applications it was good to be with other RSN members and talking with people! It was a real eye-opener seeing their lab and their enthusiasm for their work was easy to see. The afternoon tea was good too!
I am looking forward to going to another event in 3 weeks time - but before that I am going to the RSN conference in Birmingham. All of these will help me be a more informed grant reviewer and increase what I know about PD and the current research.