DTP student Danny Ward has been crowned king of ‘I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here’, after winning a public vote.
Danny, a PhD student at the John Innes Centre, won the public vote, receiving the most votes from students from a wide ranges of ages, schools and locations across the UK. I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is an online competition between scientists where school students meet and interact with scientists, and students are the judges. This year, 5000 students from across the UK took part and Danny was part of the Wellcome trust sponsored Epidemic Zone. The competition was 2 weeks long and had an eviction each day on the second week, as decided by the school students. Students challenged the scientists over intense, fast-paced, online live chats, asking the scientists questions and voting for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public. Questions ranged from deep technical interest in the nitty gritty of Danny’s PhD project, to more general career questions like "why did you become a scientist?" and other questions about relevant science topics like "Are we making new antibiotics?"
For more information on the competition and how to take part, see https://imascientist.org.uk/