• Question: do you have other jobs besides being a scientist?

    Asked by saraha to David, James, Mike, Suze, Will on 16 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: David Ingram

      David Ingram answered on 15 Jun 2011:

      No – its a full time job: Research and Teaching + Admininstration

    • Photo: Mike Dodd

      Mike Dodd answered on 15 Jun 2011:

      Nah, I’m organising a meeting at the moment for 50 young scientists. But I guess that’s still being a scientist :p

    • Photo: James Marrow

      James Marrow answered on 15 Jun 2011:

      It’s a full time job, but within it you do many different things.

      Research, teaching, planning, advising, thinking, public lectures, schools meetings, drinking coffee (loads of coffee….)

    • Photo: Suze Kundu

      Suze Kundu answered on 15 Jun 2011:

      I’m writing my thesis at the moment, and am lucky enough to be working at the BBC for a while, helping out on their next series of Wonders. This one will be Wonders of Life, and I’m basically researching loads of amazing things about Earth and the Universe, which is pretty much what I would sit and do at home if I was trying to write up my thesis anyway!

      Then from July, I’ll be working at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, where I get to see science from yet another angle! I’m really enjoying my time here, and really excited about the new challenges that Parliament will bring. That’s only for a couple of months, but it will give me a nice break from writing all the time, and it’s a great time for me to try out some new things, as I’m still not sure what I want to do after my PhD!

      Aside from that, during my PhD, I’ve been able to mark undergrad lab report, do some demonstrating, and loads of outreach work where we visit schools and do really cool demonstrations. It gets people interested in science, which is why I really want to try and organise some schools demos with the money, if I’m lucky enough to win. I’ve got tough competition from this lovely lot though!

    • Photo: William Eborall

      William Eborall answered on 16 Jun 2011:

      No – like the others have said it’s hard enough to find the time to be a scientist sometimes, let alone do anything else.