• Question: whats it like to be a scientist

    Asked by katie to Gavin, Karen, Mark, Michel, Roisin on 11 Nov 2016.
    • Photo: Roisin Jones

      Roisin Jones answered on 11 Nov 2016:

      It’s interesting, engaging, occasionally frustrating and rarely boring! I do love science, because you’re never ‘done’, there’s always more to learn, and the next experiment to move on to.

      In terms of day to day activities, my day tends to be fairly quiet: I go into work, drink lots of coffee, do research on my computer or in the library, run experiments in the lab, then take the data from those experiments and check to see if they’ve worked. If they have, I use that information to move on to the next experiment, and if not, I go back to the drawing board to try and figure out why not!

    • Photo: Mark Kennedy

      Mark Kennedy answered on 11 Nov 2016:

      I pretty much agree entirely with Roisin. It’s mostly awesome. Some times it can get a bit boring, and it can be frustrating/sad when things just aren’t working.

    • Photo: Karen

      Karen answered on 12 Nov 2016:

      Hi Katie, being a medical scientist is interesting, challenging, hard work, sometimes frustrating (there is a lot of paperwork…boring but necessary!) but always rewarding and working in a hospital lab is good craic! I’ve made some great lifelong friends through work. There’s a lot of laughter in our lab.

    • Photo: Michel Destrade

      Michel Destrade answered on 14 Nov 2016:

      great answers above!
      Other aspects of being a scientist include teaching at university and showing your work to others and meeting other scientists who have awesome results!