• Question: what do u like about being a scientist

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      Kate Dobson answered on 24 Mar 2020:


      In my job I do lots of different things every day. I like the variety, and not knowing what the next cool finding is going to be. It can make it difficult, but it’s nevr boring (excep when I have to do admin!)

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      Rob Ives answered on 24 Mar 2020:


      I like the fact people think I’m smart because I’m a scientist (although I’m not really). I like the fact that the craziest, silliest, most ‘stupid’ ideas can often be the ones that end up making the most sense (and the biggest difference). I like the fact I get to contribute to some amazing discoveries and that there is always more to learn. I like the fact I get to work with some amazing people and to engage with young people like yourself – future scientists, future leaders. I like the fact the world will always need scientists.

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      Phil Denniff answered on 25 Mar 2020:


      I like the buzz you get when you understand how something works or why it does not work. Its probably the same buzz you get when you score the winning goal, but I have never done that. It is how even simple things work so really well. Its having an idea (I wonder if…) and then testing it, to see if is true. At your age it was being curious and asking why, followed by I don’t understand tell me again.

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      Hayley Pincott answered on 25 Mar 2020:


      I love that what I do can help people get better.

      I work in a hospital lab where we get biopsies come in, then we cut this tissue really thin and put it on a slide. I work with specialist doctors called pathologists who look at the slides under a microscope who then discuss different treatments with a patients medical doctor. I really enjoy my job especially working in a hospital, I work in a specialist lab and are the only unit of it’s kind in Wales and possibly the UK.

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      Lydia Bach answered on 25 Mar 2020:


      There are always new questions you can ask to explore whatever you are interested in. I am interested in how animals interact with each other, which means I can do a lot of different things to think about that or answer these questions. I do fieldwork (in coral reefs, mudflats, coastal areas), I get to work in the lab and chat to other people about my work!

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      Iain Staniland answered on 25 Mar 2020:


      Probably the best thing is the discovery, I get to find out new things about seals and penguins and try to work out why they behave as they do. Many times I have tracked animals for the first time and it is really exciting waiting to see where they go. For example recently we tracked Leopard seals which are amazing animals, we put recording devices on them during the winter when we see them on the beaches of Sub-Antarctic Islands and these recorded them migrating southwards to the frozen sea-ice surrounding the Antarctic Continent where they breed and live in summer.
      Working as a scientist has also let me travel to amazing places like the Antarctic or remote islands that people don’t often get to see such as Heard Island, the Commander Islands or South Georgia.

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      Martin Ward answered on 27 Mar 2020:


      I really enjoy being able to build and design experiments to answer interesting questions. It is also great to be able to be the first person to ever see something (like a new crystal structure)

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      Alex Agrotis answered on 27 Mar 2020: last edited 27 Mar 2020 3:14 pm


      I like to share knowledge, so I enjoy teaching and supervising/training other people.
      I also like that just by doing the job, you are finding out things that no one knew before. There is also a small chance you will find out something that will change the world and win you a nobel prize :p It is a bit like buying a lottery ticket – that tiny chance of hitting the jackpot is what keeps you buying a ticket. I would not encourage most forms of gambling, but I think doing science is a morally acceptable form of gambling!

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      Kaitlin Wade answered on 28 Mar 2020:


      I like being able to analyse data to find out what causes certain diseases, which ultimately may help with preventing these diseases in the population, which is pretty cool! To do this, I work with experts who are inspirational and incredibly clever and use data that people have given to us out of interest and wanted to be included in massive studies 🙂

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