I recently gave a short five minute talk to some school kids here in Luxembourg at our centre which was about why I chose a career in research and what I actually do. While there are by no means the best slides in the world I hope they may give atleast some reasons why young people should consider such a career. Many of my other colleagues also gave talks during this meeting and I hope we managed to convince some of the kids to pick R&D over the rather well paying jobs in the civil service.
On a side note I hope that one day scientists, engineers and researchers will no longer be viewed as people to avoid in the UK or those that should be shut in a room a forgotten about. The current Government seems to be doing something about this but I hope it is not too little too late. This negative attitude towards science is totally the opposite of my experience in Germany and more recently in Luxembourg.
Anyway thanks to the schools and I guess the Luxembourg Government for encouraging kids to think about careers in science. As Luxembourg seeks to diversify it’s economy it is refreshing to see a Government be so pro-active in encouraging people to think about the long-term future of their country. As I have said before the UK would do well to learn from here and also Germany
Slides here: Slides for Schools visit to SnT.
Slide photo credits. The slide entitled mixed reality contains images from the IPCity project which was completed in 2010. The images are (c) the project and the respective partners, in particular these images are from Fraunhofer FIT, Aalto University (Finland).