Back in February, an Ecology Professor from the U.S. took to Twitter to exclaim how most Americans could not name a living scientist, so it was no wonder why many people don’t fully appreciate what scientists do. From this the #ActualLivingScientist hashtag was born. The hashtag immediately went viral, being used by thousands of scientists tweeting pictures explaining what they get up to in their science job. This opened up the exploration of countless scientific endeavours to anyone and everyone. Today, the hashtag is still going strong, and, with one simple search, the internet now knows what thousands of actual living scientists really do.

Here at Technicians Make it Happen, we believe it is now time for everyone to understand all the amazing things technicians make happen. Technician roles are varied and interesting, and, whilst they don’t always have technician in their job title, they play an integral role in almost every business in the country – we have so much to thank them for! From building aircraft to lab research, from lighting design to games development, from cyber security to mobile phones, technicians really do make so much happen.

To coincide with the Higher Education Technicians Summit 2017, here at the Technicians Make it Happen campaign, we are today officially launching the #ActualLivingTechnician hashtag.

We invite all technicians, from in-training to experienced, from every industry imaginable, to tweet a photograph of yourself at work, with a small description of who you are and what you do, along with our hashtag #ActualLivingTechnician. Scientist and engineers, we also invite you to share photographs of the technicians you work with, to emphasise just how integral they are to the work of so many industries.

With this hashtag we’re aiming to raise the profile, and celebrate the importance of, the technicians in our society that do so much invaluable work every day.

There are hundreds if not thousands of technician roles out there. I wonder how many technical roles can we can discover in 24 hours? Ready, set, go…