• Question: Where is your ideal place to be when working

    Asked by mclarke2503 to Cat, James, Martin, Mike, Nadine, Nayeli, Ricci, Sophie on 2 Feb 2018.
    • Photo: Nadine Lavan

      Nadine Lavan answered on 2 Feb 2018:

      I like to work in my office with my colleagues – it’s usually nice to have other people around to grab lunch with or have a quick chat to break up the working day a bit plus there’s always someone around to ask for help when I got stuck in one of my tasks.
      However, sometimes it’s also nice to work from home, especially when I’m trying to write papers and don’t want to be distracted by anything! No matter where I work, I probably need a reliable source of tea and snacks to keep me productive.

    • Photo: Ricci Hannah

      Ricci Hannah answered on 2 Feb 2018:

      Fortunately my job, and I think that of many scientists, is quite varied. Sometimes you might be in the lab for a few weeks collecting or analysing data. Then you might spend a lot of time at your desk, in the office or at home, with lots of tea or coffee looking at your data and wondering what it all means. You might spend time in meetings or conferences with other scientists talking about what it means, and if you’re lucky the conference might even be in another country. Then you’ll spend a long time writing the results up for publication in a scientific journal, and this might be done at home, in the office, on trains, in the garden, in a coffee shop… wherever suits you. I think that is one of the great things about working in science – the environment and type of work changes and often you have freedom to work in the way that suits you. Of course, data can only be collected in certain ways and at certain times, but the rest is often up to you.