• Question: Are you competitive?

    Asked by pixelator to Daniel, Derek, Ian, Phil, Upul on 20 Jun 2010 in Categories: . This question was also asked by 08wintersk.
    • Photo: Derek Mann

      Derek Mann answered on 15 Jun 2010:

      At work I am VERY compeptitive, but I think you have to be in order to be a successful scientist as we have to compete with each other for research grants and to publish our work in the best journals. Outside of work I am a lot less competitive, I let my kids win games we play so that they stay interested in palying them.

    • Photo: Ian Sillett

      Ian Sillett answered on 15 Jun 2010:

      No. In fact I’d say I’m easily the least competitive person here, much less competitive than pretty much everyone I know.


    • Photo: Upul Wijayantha

      Upul Wijayantha answered on 16 Jun 2010:

      Yes I’m competitive. I always want to be the best at what I’m doing.

    • Photo: Daniel Mietchen

      Daniel Mietchen answered on 20 Jun 2010:

      Depends on how you look at it – the reviews I got for papers or research proposals so far have described me or my research in sometimes very different terms, ranging from “not feasible” and “no relevant expertise” via “decent publication record” to “very innovative” and “revolutionary”.

      In my core area of interest – the application of Magnetic Resonance techniques to the study of evolution – I am not aware of much competition, nor of funders willing to provide funds that scientists would compete for. I am thus currently competing in related areas, and I do not yet have a precise idea where this will lead me.