I am a Scientist – Get me out of here

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In November more than 3,800 school children and teachers gathered in front of their computers to chat with scientists from across the UK.

I am a scientist – get me out of here is a free online event where school students meet and interact with scientists. It’s an X Factor-style competition between scientists, where the students are the judges.

Students challenge the scientists over fast-paced online text-based live chats. They also ask the scientists anything they want, and vote for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public.

Prof. Carsten P. Welsch, head of the QUASAR Group, participated in the recent event and enjoyed the discussions with the school children. He said: “They were asking many questions about the career perspective and overall life style of researchers, but also very specific questions around particle accelerators and associated technologies. I enjoyed the chat and ask sessions very much and hope that the event will help to attract a few more bright minds into research.”