What connects academic research with everyday life? During their studies Marco Aperti and Erik Vermunt encountered a gap between the academic environment and everyday life, a disconnection between abstract theory and the real world. To bridge this gap they set out to converse with four PhD-students from the Arts and Culture department of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Sharing an informal drink with these young, aspiring scholars, Marco and Erik aim to reveal the relatable side of research by prying into personal lives and understanding the abstract world of scholarship from a personal level. These trialogues are equal conversations about life and the considerations that come with it, helping us understand the practice of research beyond research jargon. The podcast ‘Research in Reach’ is a series of 4 episodes, created by Marco Aperti and Erik Vermunt, and is published weekly by Culture Calling! Listen with us to the inspiring thoughts of Valeria Morea, Shirley Nieuwland, Aria Daga and Liesbeth De Strooper, and see the world of abstract studies through their eyes.