Over the weekend, the hashtag #IAmAScientistBecause started trending on Twitter, filled with revelations from real-life scientists about why they do what they do. And it’s probably our favourite Twitter trend since #YesAllWomen - mostly because it highlights the frequently overlooked humans behind the endeavours of science.
Scrolling through the tweets, it's obvious that there's more to being a researcher than being logical, inquisitive and good at what you do - most do science because they simply can’t not do it.
#IAmAScientistBecause there aren't many careers where "insatiable curiosity" is a pro not a con— Melissa Clouse (@MelissaClouse2) April 6, 2015
#IAmAScientistBecause there are moments when I learn something in the lab and think, I'm the only human that knows this right now— Brian D. Ackley (@DrWorms) April 5, 2015
#IAmAScientistBecause nature was my play laboratory.— Mónica Feliú-Mójer (@moefeliu) April 6, 2015
#IAmAScientistBecause Science turns "I don't know" into "I don't know... yet" and you won't find anything more empowering than that.— Chad Orzel (@orzelc) April 5, 2015