• Question: What's the best thing about being a scientist?

    Asked by p134340 on 12 Jun 2019. This question was also asked by amy322, rebeccapaterson10.
    • Photo: David Wilson

      David Wilson answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      I think one of the best things about being a scientist is when you realise your the only person in the world that knows something new. That’s the reason we do research, to learn new things and once we’ve found out something new it’s exciting to share that with other scientists and people like you.

    • Photo: Rebecca Moon

      Rebecca Moon answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      I love the problem solving element, and that every day is different with no time to get bored!

    • Photo: Marianne King

      Marianne King answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      I like knowing that I might be the only person who has seen a particular thing! That’s always a bit weird and surreal. It’s also fun that we get to ask questions and try to solve them. It doesn’t feel like a job to me because I enjoy it so much.

    • Photo: Nina Rzechorzek

      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 14 Jun 2019:


      Working with amazing people and making new discoveries – observing something about the natural world that no one has ever seen before (or at least not noticed before).

    • Photo: Kaitlin Wade

      Kaitlin Wade answered on 14 Jun 2019:


      I’d say the collaboration, teaching and travelling. For example, I’m literally at Heathrow airport right now on my way to Minneapolis in America so that I can teach a 1-day course on the types of methods I use in my work. It’s pretty amazing. Bonus is, all of it is paid for 😀

    • Photo: Kate Timms

      Kate Timms answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      Discovering new things! Though it doesn’t happen as often as we’d like.

    • Photo: Matthew Bareford

      Matthew Bareford answered on 20 Jun 2019:


      discovering new things, getting to cool experiments and the awesome people you get to meet from around the world.

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