• Question: Do other scientists ever criticize you work and if they do what do you say or act about it ?

    Asked by Belle14 to Lauren, Michael, Sarah on 17 Nov 2016.
    • Photo: Michael Rivera

      Michael Rivera answered on 17 Nov 2016:

      I have been criticised for my work several times – sometimes I have written a report or article for a journal and people have said that the way I did my project was not the best, or my ideas could use more thought. I have also presented my work at something called ‘conferences’ – these are large gatherings of scientists where we present our research. Other scientists have looked at what I have to present and told me where I could improve things, or where I can build on my ideas further in future projects.

      This is all part of scientific work, though – and as long as other scientists are being professional and polite, I love getting feedback! It is actually really helpful to know which direction my work should go in after I speak with other scientists.

      Michael 🙂

    • Photo: Lauren Burt

      Lauren Burt answered on 18 Nov 2016:

      Another thoughtful question!

      Science is all about problem solving, and some times there are many different scientists trying to solve the same problem. A lot of what I do is publically available, and we are considered experts at what we do, so therefore our work doesn’t normally get criticised. It has to be the best!
      We have to go to meetings and big conferences too with other scientists and engineers who work in coastal science, and we meet up with other experts and discuss how to do the best job possible. Those meetings can give you new ideas of how to always get better and better!

      Because we are providing information which will help save people and their houses, then we can’t go wrong otherwise people will get hurt and houses will flood. We have to do everything in the best way!

      Lauren 😀