Question: Do you think that being a scientist is important to Australia and the world?

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  1. Yes! But really mostly to the world. Science is this giant team effort. If I come up with something here in Sydney, maybe a dude in France can use it to cure a disease most common in Africa.

    Science is a global thing, but it’s important that everybody contributes. Every person has a different way of thinking, which may just be the difference between a breakthrough and a failure.


  2. Totally , totally.
    Understanding how our world works so fascinating.


  3. Just like Dr Karl, I think everyone can be a scientist, not just those of us who work in a lab!
    Every time you try something new or try to understand something, you are doing a science experiment.
    So I believe SCIENCE is important to everyone because without it we wouldn’t have any technologies, or hygiene or medicines or even a regular supply of food and clean water!


  4. Science is very important!

    If you think about everything you take for granted, from computers, to phones, to electricity, to panadol – every one of those things came from years and years of scientific research and innovation. Scientists research things which we still don’t know a lot about (like the brain!) to help us understand how our world, and our own bodies work, and they also help in the innovation of technology which makes our world better.

    Without science and scientists we’d be back in the dark ages using leeches to heal disease – yuck!


  5. Yes! Science is such an important contributor to so many parts of life, from health to the environment, but it also encourages us to think critically and make informed decisions. I think that this is a good approach to life in general, especially given how much crap we’re exposed to on a daily basis. Science is also a great way to interact with people from all over the world, where despite cultural differences the issues are often remarkably similar (including, unfortunately, a severe lack of research funding!).