A scientist’s lot is not an easy one

December 13, 2010

A graduand was considering post-graduate study but a summer with scientists put her off.

It wasn’t the work but the scientists’ stories of the frustration of time wasted applying for funds which took them away from their research.

The government has increased funding for science and innovation and private individuals and organisations also fund research. Even so a scientist’s lot is not an easy one with the challenges of work complicated by insecurity of tenure.

It doesn’t help that a lot of the work scientists do goes unrecognised, even in farming where the uptake of research findings is pretty good.

But perhaps this will help:

 It’s the work of singing scientist Dr Matthew Barnett who was interviewed on Nine to Noon this morning.

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