‘I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here!’ is a free online event where school students get to meet and interact with scientists. It’s a X Factor-style competition between scientists, where the students are the judges. Students challenge the scientists over intense, fast-paced, online live chats. Then they ask the scientists all the questions they want to, and vote for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public.
Having faced a wide range of questions, from ‘What is your best experiment?’ to ‘How many vitamins in Balut?’, Duncan was delighted to be voted the winner of the Food Science Zone, and his response to the students who voted for him can be read on the I’m a Scientist website. The Food Science Zone is funded by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the University of Nottingham, and proved very popular with the students. A summary of the popular topics of discussion and type of questions asked by students in the Food Science Zone can be seen on the ‘I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here’ website.
Duncan plans to give his prize money to the Teacher Scientist Network, a Norwich based charity who work to link scientists with local schools to promote science education.
Duncan was one of six GHFS scientists who recently agreed to be interviewed about their individual journeys into a career in science, and why they enjoy their work so much. The video of these interviews can be viewed below.