• Question: do you like the more practical part of science or the paper work part

    Asked by thedinosaurexpert to Damien, Suzi, Tim on 24 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Suzi Gage

      Suzi Gage answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      Hi @thedinosaurexpert
      I actually like both bits! When I was younger I quite wanted to be a journalist, so writing up my results and presenting them to people is fun.

      When I was a psychologist I loved the data collection, although sometimes it’s time consuming and frustrating. Now for my PhD I’m using data that’s already been collected so I don’t get to do this any more, but maybe I will again later on in my PhD.

      Now I really love running the statistics and getting my results out of the mass of numbers in my data.

      Hope this answers your question – what do you like best about science?

    • Photo: Tim Fosker

      Tim Fosker answered on 24 Jun 2011:

      Hi @thedinosaurexpert

      I definitely prefer the practical part rather than the paper work, but writing can be fun. I guess I like seeing the results for the first time most, but it is very important that scientists share information which often means writing your findings down. If we don’t share information with other scientists then loads of people would end up testing the same thing all over the world – doing experiments to look at things other scientists have already found out about.

      What do you prefer, the practical or the paper-work?