• Question: Do you travel around a lot to work with other scientists as part of your job?

    Asked by kianared13 to Damien, Rachael, Simon, Suzi, Tim on 18 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Suzi Gage

      Suzi Gage answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      Hi @kianared13
      I have travelled a bit to work with other scientists, and I think I will do so more in the future. There is a lady in Dublin who works on similar things to me, and at some point during my PhD I hope that this means I’ll get to go out there.

      Also scientists often get to travel the world to go to conferences, and present their work to other scientists, and hear about their work. I’ve been to a few conferences, and have a couple this summer, and they’re great fun.

      Would you like to travel a lot when you’re older?

    • Photo: Damien Hall

      Damien Hall answered on 18 Jun 2011:

      I’m the same as Suzi – I travel quite a lot to conferences, to talk to other scientists. It’s not so much working with them, as just giving them a short talk about your work, and they give you one about theirs, and then you can discuss what you are doing, and get suggestions from each other. Sometimes that’s very useful, as you can get so used to your own project that you don’t see the flaws in it – like when you have written some piece of coursework and read it so many times that you can’t see the bit where you’ve written and as nad any more! So I’ve just come back from a conference in France, and I am going to one in Canada in August, and hopefully the USA in November.

      I’m lucky enough, as well, to travel to France a lot just to do the interviews to get the recordings that I analyse for my linguistic atlas! It’s a great way to combine work and play …