Name: Peter York
Specialities: Ecology, Entomology, Animal Behaviour
1) What appeals to you about STEM? (Science, technology , Engineering and Mathematics)
“I enjoy being able to indulge my own curiosity and to discover things that no-one else knows”
2) Why do you think working in science communication is important?
“I have a love of science. It fosters an appreciation of nature through science. Also encourages people to think about the world around them”
3) What is your most exciting experience/discovery you have had in your field?
“In my second year of University I planned my own work based learning placement to go to Russia and work with bears. There I got to see young bears exhibit behaviours that I had spent the last year reading about and studying; it was really nice to watch them progress over the time I spent there.”
Name: John Banks
Specialities: EU bidsm, Food technology
What appeals to you about STEM?
"Science, technology and innovation is will definitely reap its intellectual and financial rewards although unlikely to become a millionaire unless you start a technology spin off company. Intellectually it is fascinating and has meant plenty of international collaboration with world experts"
Why do you think working in science communication is important?
"It is important to keep up the tradition of freely available results for the benefit of all. Communication through “outreach” activities stimulates the minds of the young and underpins our future"
What is your most exciting experience/discovery you have had in your field?
"It’s all been exciting. For example, developing with international collaborators grant proposals such as one for the control of aflatoxins in Brazil Nuts. This meant three periods of working in Brazil with local people and world experts"