One of my favourite posts that we put together was called ‘Back to the future‘. We asked members of the research group we were embedded with what they thought they’d when they grew up. This is the response from Dr Adam Hill, one of the senior members of the Imperial Blast group:
“Ha…no, in short! Superhero, yes; Surgeon, maybe; Engineer, occasionally; Soldier, possibly; But Scientist, never! However, it is the one profession that combines all of my childhood aspirations, allowing me to dream, tinker and solve everyday.”
I think Adam’s answer highlights how many don’t even think about science as a career, and I suspect many more do not understand what being a researcher actually entails. So I put it out to you – What did you want to do when you grew up? Did you consider being a scientist?