• Question: Why did you decide to enter this completion?

    Asked by JCAT to Sreejita, Sam, Kate, Anastasia, Adam on 20 Nov 2019.
    • Photo: Anastasia Aliferi

      Anastasia Aliferi answered on 20 Nov 2019:

      I thought it was a great opportunity to talk about my research! I also know I would have loved to have a chance to speak to scientists in an informal way when I was younger and trying to make decisions about my future. Also I’m really excited about the game I plan to make if I win, that would be an awesome experience! Funnily enough I also thought I could handle the pressure, but the evictions have been nerve-racking so I definitely learnt something new about myself – I can’t!

    • Photo: Sreejita Ghosh

      Sreejita Ghosh answered on 20 Nov 2019:

      I am not yet seeing it as a competition. If I win, great, even if I don’t then it has been an amazing experience discussing science with school students such as yourself. As scientists we have to learn to communicate our research to audience of different domains, expertise and interests. I find school students to be the most enthusiastic and honest lot of audience and hence the task of communicating science becomes easier already. Also some of you have asked us some pretty nice questions which has made me stop and wonder, and approach my regular task a bit differently.

    • Photo: Adam Wootton

      Adam Wootton answered on 20 Nov 2019:

      There aren’t enough scientists in the country, so this seemed like a really good way to encourage the next generation to get into science.