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  • Question from Lily

    As a researcher in science what do you do every day? Do you enjoy it?

    Answer from Amy: 

    Hi Lily

    Thanks for your question! My everyday schedule is quite varied, and I love it because I'm not stuck repeating the same thing over and over again. I spend a lot of time in the lab, working on experiments and generating results. I also write science papers and give presentations about my work. Typically, I have meetings every week to discuss results and progresses. I also attend seminars regularly. The highlight of my week is tutoring undergraduate students in their practical classes.

    Posted by : Amy Chan on 2018-04-20 11:56:04

    Answer from Cecile: 

    Hello Lilly!

    Yes, I really enjoy my job! At the moment, I use software to model grass growth and animal herd dynamics under different farming management and climate scenarios. Research, contrary to what many people think, is not all about doing some mystical calculations behind a closed door. In my research, I meet and collaborate with a lot of people, learn new things every day, write, design communication tools, give talks to share my research with others, interact with media, and travel. There are many types of jobs in Academia. Some researchers work outside in the fields, others, like Amy, work in laboratories. Some people study very small bacteria under a microscope, others focus on the whole Earth or on Space. I personally do analytical and modelling analyses behind a computer, in an office, and I love it!

    Posted by : Cecile Godde on 2018-04-23 09:57:09