We asked Majid to tell us about winning I’m a Scientist, and here is what he said…
First of all I would like to thank the I’m a Scientist organisers/mods. None of this would be possible without their hard work to put on such a great event bringing together scientists and young students. It’s also important that we thank those organisations that have funded this scheme.
To my surprise, I was crowned the winner of the Fat Zone after facing some fierce competition from the other honourable scientists in this zone. For this win, I have to express my greatest appreciation to those students who voted for me and I hope they are pleased to know that they backed a winner. I would also like to thank all the students who joined in on the live chats, asked questions and got down and dirty in the science. I also extend my gratitude to the other scientists in my zone that relentlessly battled to answer the questions posted by the students, brought the science to life and gave up their time and effort to take part in this event.
So what was my take on this event? It’s AWESOME!!! Before the event started, I didn’t really know what to expect. I have worked with children before, but never in a sense where I am teaching them about science and my research. So, this was like walking on new ground for me. But, I quickly learnt to adapt the language I was using and shaped my approach to make the science easier to digest for the young students. So taking part in this event has helped me to grow as a scientist and it has inspired me to continue working with young children in my role as a doctor and a scientist. I also had lots of fun, got asked some very interesting questions (the best by far is ‘do you know who batman is?’) and I kind of feel somewhat like a role model now.
Engaging the public in science and encouraging young students to follow careers in science and medicine has been something I have wanted to get involved in for a long time. I, myself, come from a background where it can be difficult to get the right advice and help needed to progress onto higher education and tick the necessary boxes needed to follow a particular career. Therefore, with my £500 winnings, I will be running a ‘Young Student Science Fun Day’ to welcome young students to our university so that they can visit our lab and hear more about the lives and jobs of scientists, hopefully encouraging them to pursue careers in science and providing an opportunity to get advice on how to achieve that ambition.
Ciao for now!