Dr Lynne Walling
Head of Pure Mathematics, School of Mathematics
"As mathematicians we look at things differently, which means that we can produce things that other people aren’t going to, and that’s exciting."
Dr Jeffrey Neal
Leverhulme Fellow, School of Geographical Sciences
"You learn about the gaps in our knowledge and why they cause a problem in the real world – being able to solve those problems and have a genuine impact on society gives you quite a buzz."
Prof Alexandre Anesio
Professor in Biogeochemistry, School of Geographical Sciences
"One of the best things about science is that it’s curiosity driven and everything you discover has an impact – from the moment you test an idea, whether it’s right or wrong, it provides additional knowledge."
Dr Jakob Vinther
Senior Lecturer in Macroevolution, School of Earth Sciences, School of Biological Sciences
"Science is a big puzzle and we all have independent observations that we can bring together to paint the bigger picture. I’d like to inspire people to think about evolution through a holistic lens."
Dr Abhishek Saha
Lecturer in Number Theory, School of Mathematics
"Ultimately, everybody needs something to drive them and for me, it’s about going for your dreams and calculating how best to achieve them."
Dr Sandra Arndt
Lecturer in Physical Geography, School of Geographical Sciences
"Science is not really a job, it’s a passion. You get to follow your ideas and do what you really want to do. The excitement associated with discovering how everything interacts and how it all works - that’s just amazing."
Dr Paddy Royall
Royal Society University Research Fellow, School of Chemistry, School of Physics
"The buzz of achieving something can feel as though you’re on a wave. Taking things to the edge of what can be done - I find that enormously exciting."
Dr Juliet Biggs
Reader, School of Earth Sciences
"Chasing and waiting for a volcano can produce some very good science but it’s not the only science you can do. Satellite technology has to be truly global in helping us to understand the world around us."
Dr Antony Dodd
Royal Society Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences
"For me the big question we need to answer is how did circadian rhythms evolve across life in a convergent manner, where did these genes come from in the first place?"
Dr Tamsin Edwards
Research Collaborator, School of Geographical Sciences
"I’m thinking about everything on the planet, in its whole history and the near future. I love being a climate scientist and explaining things to people, especially difficult scientific concepts."
Prof Tim Dokchitser
Heilbronn Chair in Algebraic/Arithmetic Geometry, School of Mathematics
"Maths is a language; it’s a little bit like learning Chinese poetry – you can’t do it in five minutes, you have to learn the culture, get a feel for the language, then finally you will be able to appreciate what’s behind it."
Prof Davide Pisani
Professor of Phylogenomics, School of Biological Sciences, School of Earth Sciences
"If I hadn’t become an evolutionary scientist I’d have been a historian; I like reconstructing the past from fragments."
Dr Heather Whitney
ERC Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences
"There is something incredibly thrilling about the fact that in this world of billions you can have an idea that is entirely novel and be the first person to ever happen upon it."
Dr Casimir Ludwig
Reader, School of Experimental Psychology
"As you do more research, it’s clichéd but it’s true; you find more questions than you answer. There’s always a new direction to explore, a new perspective to take."
Dr Nick Teanby
STFC Advanced Fellow, School of Earth Sciences
"The discoveries are not always immediate in science. Sometimes you just have to go with the exploration and see where it takes you. If we could predict everything beforehand it would be a lot less fun."
Dr Carmen Galan
EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow, School of Chemistry
"Chemistry is a bit like cooking; there are recipes you can follow but the most exciting developments often come from trial and error – how else are you going to discover new things unless you explore new possibilities?"
Dr David Glowacki
Royal Society Research Fellow, School of Chemistry
"A lot of science is about obsessing over extreme details. And a lot of scientists consequently develop a very narrow focus. That scares me, I don’t want to be like that! At heart I’m a scientist... but I’ll always maintain a range of specialisations."
Dr Zoë Leinhardt
STFC Advanced Research Fellow, School of Physics
"I’ve always seen certain parts of physics as not only intriguing but also beautiful, and the same with mathematics. It’s important for me to get across to people not just what I do but the fact that it’s also beautiful."
Dr Nicholas Roberts
BBSRC David Phillips Senior Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences
"At every step and every scale you have to appreciate that the world is not always as we see it. I’ve always been fascinated with how other animals see their world and whether we can understand how the world appears to them?"