• Question: what particular science are you most qualified in?

    Asked by amelia to Sameed, Jose, Joanna, Heidi, Freya, Chris on 8 Nov 2019.
    • Photo: Jose Brandao-Neto

      Jose Brandao-Neto answered on 8 Nov 2019:

      Dear Amelia,

      None. and all. And so are you!

      Science is about the process, not the actual subjects. It’s about creating hypotheses, testing them and presenting in ways that others can also use them so that in the end we all learn. In short: you have to respect and understand others and talk to many people. and tell stories.

      But I used to like physics, then engineering then biology and nowadays I like chemistry. and using computers (digital and analog). and business processes. and managing people (like, teachers, colleagues, lecturers, bosses).


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      Heidi Thiemann answered on 9 Nov 2019:

      Hi Amelia!

      I’m most qualified in physics! At secondary school, I studied all the sciences at GCSE and then chose physics and chemistry at A-level because I loved space and knew I wanted to study that at university. At university I studied physics, which focused a lot on astronomy (like using telescopes, studying exoplanets, and understanding the life cycle of stars). Now I’m an astronomy researcher, so my expertise is astronomy and physics.

      But like Jose says, science is all about the process, so scientists are often experts in communication, writing, programming, and more. 🙂

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      Freya Addison answered on 18 Nov 2019:

      I agree with Jose. Science is about continual learning and it is really interdisciplinary. That being said, I couldn’t tell you much about the human body. I am probably most qualified in physics. As a PhD student you specialise and become an expert in this “one thing” in a wider field, which for me is the shape of the Earth; Geodesy. However, I have experience in atmospheric fieldwork, programming and science communication which all contribute to my overall skillset and what I am able to do.