First and foremost… Thank you so much to all of the students who took part in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here March 2014. You made this an unforgettable experience by asking some of the most challenging questions I’ve encountered. Some of my favourite questions include How do chameleons know when to change colour? and Could we replace blood with something else?, which pushed my scientific knowledge to the limits and beyond! Secondly I would like to thank my fellow Cerium Zone scientists, all of which would have been worthy winners and who are each a credit to their respective fields (they even taught me a thing or two!).
This has been one of the most rewarding two weeks in my public engagement career! I can’t believe that you guys ’n’ gals voted for me! I’m very humbled!
I would like to thank all of the students again for their questions and enthusiasm! You are the future of our scientific community and I wish you well in your future scientific endeavours! If asked to do this event again, I would jump at the opportunity and encourage all students and scientists to take part.
As I’ve talked about in many of the chats throughout the past two weeks, I will be recycling the prize money and putting it back into public engagement. I would like to visit more schools in the local area, spending money on science equipment schools might not be able to afford with the aim of doing some pretty awesome experiments! One promise I did make, was to visit one of the schools that took part so they could meet me in the flesh… This is being worked through as you read this and I can’t wait to meet them.
Finally… Thank you so much to each and every student for taking part, my fellow scientists for helping to answer all of questions, the moderators for ensuring that everything ran smoothly, the teachers for seeing the value of this event and the Wellcome Trust for supporting it.