Obviously – I don’t get as much opportunity to compared to somone like Paige who does more with science communication rather than an in-the-lab science. I do like to make good use of the little time I get for communication, I do lots of workshops with schools like yours, but it’s not my everyday job! Being in the lab, doing research and getting results is the main part of my job – it takes up probably 90% of my time at work (if not more)!!
I love sharing my work with other scientists – to get the opinions and generate new idea – as much I like sharing my work with people whom don’t necessarily come into contact with research scientists every day! I feel like it makes people a bit more aware of what is going on to answer the big questions about health, life, death and the universe!
Yes, I used to think that once I told people I was a scientist they would think I was boring and walk away. However, most people are really interested in what I do and being a physicist I get loads of people asking me about space and CERN (which I know very little about). I also enjoy talking to other scientist about their work and seeing if we have any problems in common.