• Question: how many different countries have you worked in and wat are they ???

    Asked by ameera0786 to Alex, Josh, Serena, Simone, Stuart on 18 Jun 2013.
    • Photo: Josh Makepeace

      Josh Makepeace answered on 18 Jun 2013:

      Hi ameera0786! I’ve been quite lucky with travel. Just to be able to come to the UK to study has been an amazing opportunity for me. Since I’ve been studying here, I’ve been to the US and France to do experiments, and to Italy and Japan for conferences. My housemates are very jealous, so science can involve lots of travel. It’s lots of fun going to see new places and meet scientists in other countries.

    • Photo: Simone Sturniolo

      Simone Sturniolo answered on 19 Jun 2013:

      I have worked in Italy, my home country, and the UK, plus I have spent a three months period in Germany to work with another group of researchers and learn from them :). Besides that, for conferences or courses, I’ve been to Ireland, Netherlands, and will go to Spain this summer. A researcher’s life often involves a lot of travel: consider that at any given time there are not many universities or laboratories studying a certain subject in the world, so when you look for a new job you may have to move to a different country only to find someone that specializes in what you are interested in! Also, sometimes you do so because you want a chance to work with someone who’s very good at what you want to learn and who can teach you well, and there are preciously few of those :).

    • Photo: Serena Corr

      Serena Corr answered on 19 Jun 2013:

      Hi ameera0786!

      I am originally from Ireland – that is where my parents and brothers still live. So I started work there. Then I started traveling to conferences around the world – Germany, UK, France, USA – and when I was at a meeting in Japan, I met a professor there who was doing really interesting work on materials that change their electronic behavior. So, I decided to move to the US to work there for two years on these materials. That was a lot of fun! I worked in a lab, right next to the ocean, in Santa Barbara in California. I used to eat my lunch with my friends next to the beach, where we often saw dolphins and seals! Then I moved to the UK, where I had a job in Canterbury. I live in Scotland now, which I really love. I still travel to lots of scientific meetings around the world – to New Zealand, India, Mexico – to speak to other scientists about our latest discoveries. I am very lucky to have a job which takes me to great places to meet with such interesting people!