• Question: Where do all the scientists travel and hang out?

    Asked by rays1sap on 23 Apr 2024.
    • Photo: Rachel Edwards

      Rachel Edwards answered on 23 Apr 2024:

      Travel: I used to do a lot of travel! I worked in labs in Florida, New Mexico, and the Netherlands – wherever they had really good magnet facilities. Now I mostly travel around the UK, visiting different companies and universities to talk about how to improve their safety testing of different materials and structures. I also go to conferences – although not as many now I have kids.

      Where do I hang out: at the swimming pool, at my oldest daughter’s dance lessons, at the park… I am an uncool parent now, but I really enjoy it :). I had lots of fun going to gigs and festivals, and I’m happy with having a few years of quiet while my kids are tiny. There will be more festivals later.

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      Alexander de Bruin answered on 23 Apr 2024:

      I’ve gotten to travel to quite a few places (America, China, all over Europe) for both conferences and work, though don’t do quite as much travel any more.
      RE: hanging out, I split my time between rock climbing (mostly indoors, and currently mostly bouldering – short climbs without ropes) and singing in choirs.

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      Andrew McDowall answered on 23 Apr 2024:

      In general, all the same places that everyone else does!

      More specifically, in my own case, travelling for work I go where I’m sent, mostly to my companies other facilities. Business travel isn’t particularly glamorous, another depatrute lounge, another anonymous hotel, another familiar plant. For conferences the furthest I went was Bratislava, a small but fine city with good memories of wonderful meals at Cafe Mayer even 25 years later. Can’t remember the first thing about the conference.

      For travelling for pleasure I’m drawn to places with history, good stories and natural or man-made beauty. I try never to go to the same place twice, partly because the world is so large and filled with such wonders that if you saw one a day you’d never see them all; and partly because the memories are always first-sight. Seen the first time I see them not as they are but as I would have them, filled with new delight and wonder. Seen a second time I see them at their worst. Seen a third time I see them as they are, or closer to it.

      Hanging out, these are places I must return to time and agian. I choose the places convenient to
      me that, flawed as they are, tend more towards beauty than the alterative.

      “Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
      Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
      Of all the unhealthy and o’er-darkened ways
      Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
      Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
      From our dark spirits.”
      -Keats, “Endymion”

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      Rebecca von Hellfeld answered on 23 Apr 2024:

      I mostly travel within Europe, for research visits or to go to conferences. I admit that I sometimes look for conferences in nice places so I can add a few days holiday at the end. I think we all do that though 🙂

      Youll find me somewhere in nature walking my dog. We love hiking and enjoying the sun, or going for a short swim somewhere 🙂

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      Erin Pallott answered on 23 Apr 2024:

      I personally hang out in bars and clubs that play alternative music like metal, emo, goth, rock etc. I can also be often found in the gym.

      I’ve travelled to a few places, for both science work and just to visit! During my PhD I’ve gone to Belfast, Boston, Cape Cod and Gothenburg!

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      Paul O'Nion answered on 23 Apr 2024:

      There are lots of conferences for lots of different areas in science. Many people will go to these to hear lectures, see posters on new science & catch up with people.

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      Eleftheria Stavridou answered on 24 Apr 2024:

      I am travelling all over the world. I have attended conferences in Brazil, China and almost everywhere in Europe. I have visited Africa too, as I had projects there trying to improve the way they are growing food with limited resources. Whenever it is possible, I add a few days of holidays before or after work so I get to know the places I am visiting better.
      I like to hang out at my allotment or in the beach. I enjoy walking along the coast and looking for fossils or seaglass. When the weather isn’t so nice, I spend time with friends and enjoy nice food

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      Michael Schubert answered on 24 Apr 2024:

      All over the place! Some of us spend more time in certain places because of our jobs. (For instance, marine biologists tend to live near the ocean. A scientist who studies kangaroos probably spends a lot of time in Australia. When I studied dinosaurs, it was pretty common to spend a lot of time in Canada or China, because that’s where some of the biggest and best dig sites are.)

      When we want to hang out with and learn from other scientists, we often travel to conferences. Those can happen all over the world, although they’re usually in bigger cities or destinations where people want to travel, so that they are easy to access (and enjoyable when you have free time). During conferences, we might go to lectures or workshops, read scientific posters, talk to other scientists, talk to exhibitors with booths (usually people who sell scientific supplies or schools who want to recruit people), or socialize with each other. I’ve been to conference dinners, conference galas, and even conference karaoke!

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      Rouzana Pulikkal Thumbayil answered on 26 Apr 2024:

      It depends on the project we are working for. If the main partners/collaborators of the projects are outside (it can be any country in the world) we will be travelling, sometime in the EU, China, inida, US. Another travel occurs if we need to attend a conference, it’s the same.

      Spare/leisure travel: I love travelling with family. I would like to go to southern Europe, where I have not explored much

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      Martin McCoustra answered on 26 Apr 2024:

      Every scientist has different places to go to and hang out… We tend to get together at conference in nice places with good food and drink! I’ve been lucky to go to many nice places across the globe.

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      Sophie Shaw answered on 30 Apr 2024:

      We get to travel a lot for conferences, which is where we meet with other scientists to present our work and share ideas. Doing this I’ve gone to the USA, South Africa, France and Czechia as well as lots of other cities in the UK.

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      Ryan Durnall answered on 30 Apr 2024:

      Not sure, but you can often find astronauts hanging out in the space bar…

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      Neil Barnby answered on 2 May 2024:

      I only travel for work throughout the UK, unlike others that travel all over the world. Mstly for me it is London, to meet with colleagues and work.

      As for hanging out, it is generally the same places as everyone else.

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      Martha Mulongo answered on 3 May 2024:

      I think it really depends on personality and work responsibilities. I personally came from Uganda where I was working and staying with my family. I travelled with my family for recreation to see wildlife, concerts, comedy, church. I now moved to the UK for work. I move within the UK and parts of Europe to attend conferences, visit friends

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      Emilia Arguello answered on 17 May 2024:

      For travel, It would depend on the type of research they do, but most scientists definitely travel outside their workplaces! In my field (experimental chemistry), when you start your research journey as an undergrad student, you might spend most of the time in the lab at your home institution or company. If you have some nice preliminary findings, you can present those at a conference, which would most likely involve some travel! If you continue in academia for a Ph.D. or a postdoc, conferences become more common, with some sub-disciplines always holding conferences in very nice places, such as the French Riviera or the Italian Alps! You can also travel a lot if your research group engages in a collaboration with another group or with a company. For instance, you could go to their lab for a few weeks or even months to perform some special experiments, take measurements on their instruments, exchange knowledge, or get trained in a specific technique. As you advance your career, the amount of travel will probably increase as well as you start taking a more prominent role in conferences or you start traveling to establish/strengthen collaborations, recruit people, give lectures, or get funding. The possibilities really are endless… and it can range from just a short trip to the town next door or an exciting voyge across the globe!

      Where do we hang out? Outside work, well… pretty much where everyone else hangs out! Have a meal at a nice restaurant, go to a cool café, take a walk in the park, catch up in a bar, go on a run or play sports together, catch a movie, etc. When I was in grad school, I liked to go to the movies with my friends (also scientists), play tennis, hang out with their dogs, go to concerts, grab boba, or eat out! I still do most of those things as a postdoc, and I also go climbing and visit more cute cafés.

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      Sarah-Jane Potts answered on 22 May 2024:

      In work, I get to travel to lots of different places for sharing my work through conferences and to go to other institutions to do experiments. Last year I got to go to Singapore and Germany to meet with other people who specialise in printed electronics and next generation solar energy. I also went to Mexico to meet with researchers from another University to provide a workshop to their local Schools and get to see the outdoor testing facilities which they are using to test my printed solar modules.

      Outside of work, I love hiking so I spend a lot of time in mountains, a few years back I got to treck upto Everest Base Camp. I also enjoy dancing and running with my friends, who are also mostly scientists and engineers. So, you can find us just about anywhere!

    • Photo: Caroline Roche

      Caroline Roche answered on 6 Jun 2024:

      There lots of conferences every year that people go to, both general science ones and topic specific ones. For the nuclear industry there is the IAEA International Conference, International Conference on Nuclear Criticality Safety, and World Nuclear Symposium to highlight the first few that popped up when I searched. Each country and professional organisation will also hold their own conferences.

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      Maryam Sani answered on 7 Jun 2024:

      I don’t think that we all travel to the same places, but we may meet up at conferences from time to time.
      I enjoy travelling a lot and spending time in the Middle East, and Jamaica. I have visited many countries for STEM projects Singapore, Malaysia, the USA, Saudia Arabia, Egypt and more.

      I like warm climates as you may have guessed. In the UK I enjoy visiting parks and gardens.

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      Sharron Kenny answered on 11 Jun 2024:

      lots of scientists meet up at conferences and guest lectures at universities. there are societies you can become members of like the royal society of chemistry. and not so much a thing these days but there are workers unions