Question: Do you work alone or as part of a team?

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  1. I lead the Research Centre here in Cambridge. We have 14 full time members with an additional groups of Ph.D students and research assistants. In my sub-group (endurance Physiology) I work as part of a team. For science to be worthwhile and useable we need collaborations and teamwork.

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  2. Its a bit of a mix. Sometimes I work on my own to do things, sometimes I work with my students. For some projects I work with other biomechanists who know more about different parts of biomechanics than I do, e.g. they might know more a certain sport for example. I often work with engineers and doctors to solve particular problems that they have, as we each know different things or can solve it in different ways. Some of the group projects might have anywhere from 5 to 15 or 20 scientists working on a particular problem.

    My job is nice because I don’t always have to work on my own, or always with other people. It can vary depending on what experiment or problem we are trying to do. Modern science requires more group work than before, and because of things like Skype don’t have to even be in the same country.

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