Ever since I started my journey in science at university, I’ve always been aware of just how much you can achieve – when you should be doing something else. If you’re anything like me, procrastination is a way of life. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. I would argue that I do some of my best thinking when my mind is occupied by something else, and I know that there are many others out there like me who would agree.
I champion this philosophy, however, with a caveat: pro
I was actually incredibly lucky to get involved with this because it is a relatively new program. i-Teams is a 12-week initiative for post-doctoral researchers and
Building a project presentation with a group of people was surprisingly challenging and there
Norwich Science Festival
i-Teams was a lot of fun, and while there are only a handful of opportunities like it out there, commercialization and industry might not be for you. Another good way to diversify your skill set and have some fun at the same time is to get involved in public engagement and science communication. Sometimes, the days in the lab are long. It’s easy to question why I’m really doing what I do, seeing faces filled with fresh enthusiasm reminds me of why I got into science in the first place. Giving something back to the local community is also incredibly rewarding. As a community we produce some great research, it feels good to get out there, show it off and be proud of it!
Perhaps one of the highlights of my
Our collaborators at entomology did a fantastic job engineering a system to keep the ants warm at night (they are native to Central and South America). Anyone who has been to a music festival will know that it is draining. It’s impossible to sleep properly and there are a lot of late nights. Outreach in its own way is also one of the most tiring things I’ve done, so a combination of the two made for an exhausting experience, but a fantastic one at that.
These are just a few of my personal highlights at the end of the day. Opportunities come and go, and what I find rewarding might not be your cup of tea. I guess the real message here, is that a