Claire Bryer faces schoolkids' challenge

Claire Bryer

Claire Bryer, research assistant in High-Throughput Genetics at WTCHG, has put herself in the hotseat for the next two weeks answering questions on any aspect of science from school students on the website 'I'm a Scientist - Get Me Out of Here'.

So far she has answered questions on mouldy cheese, the science of sweating, how to live without a brain and whether she would ever quit her job.

Claire is one of five scientists selected for the Thulium Zone, one of 12 themed or general zones on the site. As well as answering written questions online, she will be available for live chats booked by teachers for their students. Students can ask scientists anything they like - and the crunch comes at the end when they vote for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public.

The June 2015 event runs from Monday 15 – Friday 26 June 2015. 'I'm A Scientist' has been running since 2010, and is supported by the Wellcome Trust. Between March 2012 and March 2015 it involved over 600 scientists and over 39,000 school students.