• Question: Does your job cause you to travel quite a lot?

    Asked by Perfect Particles to Angeline, Catherine, Luke, Philip, Shona on 9 Mar 2015.
    • Photo: Angeline Burrell

      Angeline Burrell answered on 9 Mar 2015:

      Yes it does! I’ve lived in 4 different parts of the US, Argentina, and now the UK. My job has also taken me to visit Svalbard, Ethiopia, Peru, Brazil, and Mexico. My next international trip is to Spain!

    • Photo: Shona Whittam

      Shona Whittam answered on 9 Mar 2015:

      I only really travel to occasional conferences in the UK. My work has never taken me out of the country but some of the trainee scientists I have worked with have done to America to learn about different cancer treatments.

    • Photo: Catherine Vlahakis

      Catherine Vlahakis answered on 10 Mar 2015:

      Definitely. I work for the ALMA observatory, and the ALMA telescopes are in the north of Chile, while most astronomers live in the capital city, Santiago. It takes a few hours by plane and bus to get to where the telescopes are, and most of us spend a few days per month there.

      We also travel to other countries for conferences and meetings, and to go to other telescopes. Last year I went to Japan, South Africa, France, Italy, the UK! :-), Brazil, and the US!

    • Photo: Philip Moriarty

      Philip Moriarty answered on 10 Mar 2015:

      Yes. A lot. I used to love the travel aspects of the job but with three children at home, I really try to minimise the amount of time I spend away. Nonetheless, I’m still travelling somewhere pretty well every month — in the last year or so this has included Denver, Prague, Dublin, Tsukuba (Japan), Toulouse, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Berlin. Oh, and Derby.