What is it like to be a Scientist?

It is a year to the day since the release of my film, “I’m a Scientist“, in which six different scientists talk openly about their lives in the laboratory and what makes them tick. The aim of the film is very much to cut through the myth that all scientists are heroes and geniuses.

To mark this first anniversary and to make the film more useful in the classroom, I have split it into ten bite-sized chunks. Apart from the introduction and closing credits, there are eight short segments in which the scientists interviewed give their answers to a specific question, such as: How did you get interested in science? Do you have a Nobel Prize? What does it take to make a good scientist? And, is science fun?



If you haven’t come across the film before, please take a look. If you have friends who are teachers, please send them the link. I know it has already gone down well in schools (much like the “I’m a scientist, get me out of here” competition that inspired it) and would love for “I’m a Scientist” to get more air-time in classrooms around the world.


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7 Responses to What is it like to be a Scientist?

  1. Steve Caplan says:

    Just make double-sure you didn’t inadvertently insult any ethnic group, race, religion, group, club, occupation, etc. with any segment of the film! ( I know you didn’t–I saw the film–it’s great). Imagine if scientists took affront and began protesting outside government science ministries, etc.

  2. cromercrox says:

    I object to the lack of representation of scientists who happen to be three-legged hedgehogs.

  3. Rob Townley says:

    It’s brilliant! Stephen you are making it look easy, what’s next?
    Godspeed to you and the rest of the Londonistas.

  4. Rob Townley says:

    oops. I need a copy editor.

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