• Question: how do the discoveries you have made contribute to you current work ?

    Asked by ClearJoker0 to William, Thibaut "Tibo", Harry, Georgia, Emily, Aimee on 9 Nov 2019.
    • Photo: Georgia Orton

      Georgia Orton answered on 9 Nov 2019: last edited 9 Nov 2019 11:41 am

      In my work I have a ‘main goal’ that I am working towards with a team of other people across several continents. It will take us several years.

      Every day myself, other people in my team and lots of other scientists around the world are working on small steps towards our main goal. The results of each small step give us a better idea of what to try next. We share the results we get with other scientists to help them too.

      Imagine that your goal was to make the world’s most awesome chocolate bar. You and your friends would need to test a lot of different combinations and compare your results so that you could eventually reach this goal. Scientific discoveries are reached through a similar process.

      Hmmm… Now I’m hungry!

    • Photo: Aimee Egglestone

      Aimee Egglestone answered on 11 Nov 2019:

      Because the team I work on is so small (just 4 chemists for the whole site) I am generally working on two or three products by myself for a long time. I will check in everyone once in a while with my supervisor to ensure I haven’t made any glaring errors, but for the most part it is on me to plan, execute, analyse and write up any work which needs done on my materials!

    • Photo: Thibaut Deviese

      Thibaut Deviese answered on 11 Nov 2019:

      After several years of work, I managed to find a quicker way to separate all amino acids (small molecules) present in archaeological bones so we can date them very precisely! Now people in other laboratories in the world want me to teach them how to do it.