• Question: Are you in this only for the money?

    Asked by 473fasp47 to Stewart, Miriam, Laura, Kathryn, David on 14 Nov 2018.
    • Photo: David Ho

      David Ho answered on 14 Nov 2018:

      Absolutely not — I’m in it because I think it’s very important to show students what scientists are really like, and hopefully to encourage them to learn more! If any of us win, the money gets put towards a science communication or outreach project, so no matter who ends up being the winner I’ll be happy with the result!

    • Photo: Stewart Martin-Haugh

      Stewart Martin-Haugh answered on 14 Nov 2018:

      I don’t get to keep the money!

      It would be used to help students from poorer schools to visit my lab, which has all sorts of cool science tools:
      like particle accelerators and big lasers, and inspire them to enjoy science more.

      I’m happy just to be taking part – I’ve learnt a lot about explaining science and hopefully told some people some interesting facts!

    • Photo: Miriam Hogg

      Miriam Hogg answered on 15 Nov 2018:

      Not at all,
      If I win the money its going straight to a charity. I think the best way to get people interested in science is to humanise it. Talking to us gives you a chance to chat to us about our work, how we got into it, and just ask general questions. If even one student decides to go into science because of ‘I’m a Scientist’ I would be incredibly pleased!

      With all the new tech and potential for AI we will eventually need a lot more coders and technology researchers so getting people into science will help everyone!

    • Photo: Laura Kent

      Laura Kent answered on 15 Nov 2018:

      No, as the others said, the money would go to a science communication project!
      I personally signed up to talk to as many students about science as possible as its important to show that we are not all old men and are (fairly) normal!