• Question: how has the event inspired you?

    Asked by hanadiali to Aina, AlexAgrotis, Alex, Ambre, Anabel, Deepak, Emmanuelle, Ettie, James, Kaitlin, Kate, Lorena, Marianne, Matthew, MattyB, Nina, Patrick, Rachel, Rebecca, Ross, Ryan, Shobhana, Shonna, Thiloka, David on 28 Jun 2019.
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      Marianne King answered on 28 Jun 2019:


      All the great questions have made me want to go and read about lots of different things. It’s easy to get fixated on your specific area of research sometimes, but this event has reminded there are lots of other parts of science that I love too. I’ve also really enjoyed reading the other scientists’ answers to these questions. πŸ™‚

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      Thiloka Ratnaike answered on 28 Jun 2019:


      This has been surprisingly insightful- made me think about the reasons behind choosing the career I have now, and how I can contribute back to society with all that I have learnt so far. It has been incredibly humbling when some school children have said that they are inspired by some of our answers, to look further into a career in science. Makes me want to do more in the time I have!

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      David Wilson answered on 28 Jun 2019: last edited 28 Jun 2019 12:28 pm


      I’ve loved trying to explain complex things in language that students can understand. It’s quite a challenge but really satisfying when you know you’ve managed to get the story across to them and they feel like they’ve learned something.
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      It’s also been really interesting to find out what different age groups are interested in, I’ve definitely noticed some trends depending how far through school they are.
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      I’d love to know how we all came across to the students, surprisingly normal i hope!

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      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 28 Jun 2019:


      Mainly interacting with an age group that we don’t see often at public engagement events – this is possibly because you lot are all studying so hard, and quite rightly need seem real down time at the weekends! It’s been amazing to be able to share my work with a much wider audience – clearly you are all interested in science and based on the insightful questions being thrown at me I think the future of science is very bright! This event has also been a timely reminder of why I came into science in the first place and why I love it so much – thank you for your enthusiasm!

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      Alex Blenkinsop answered on 28 Jun 2019:


      It’s helped me to step back and look at the bigger picture of what I do, and how I can justify why it’s important to young people, and (hopefully) to inspire the next generation of statisticians! It’s also raised some really challenging questions, and encouraged me to go and learn about some things outside my field. What I love about my job is that I am always learning, and this whole process has been the same πŸ™‚

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      Deepak Chandrasekharan answered on 28 Jun 2019:


      Your enthusiasm for science and amazing and challenging and inspiring questions has really energised me! I’ve learned lots from you all and is a great reminder of why we do what we do. So thank you!

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