Those of you who have read my previous blog will know that I am a rather indecisive person. ISci was a great way to get out of what I thought was such a definitive decision in my life and and that instead I would buy myself a few more years and use my time on the iSci degree to help me figure out which scientific area really was my true calling. However, since arriving here I have come to realise that this decision may not even be necessary. Over the years, iScience has shown me how important individuals with knowledge spanning many different disciplines can be. In all the modules we undertake you can see different areas come together to solve a problem and how just using one discipline’s view of a certain topic might not be enough.
Just last week I attended an interdisciplinary research lecture which really was so enjoyable and really reiterated this message to me (plus there was free wine and crisps! :D). This is the second of these kinds of lectures that I have attended and are held by the iSci department (I myself gave a small helping hand with setting up the room for the event) and I am really looking forward to more in the future. The lectures were about an hour in length and involved a presentation and question time on a current area of cutting edge interdisciplinary research. The two talks were given by scientists at the top of their field who came from Universities outside of Leicester. Both lectures really demonstrated how advantageous and powerful an integrated approach can be, especially in a research setting with both lecturers insisting on how important they felt interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration was.
So with the help of the course and these lectures I can now most certainly say I am officially aboard the interdisciplinary science train and I will try and convince anyone else the same! I really think that the big problems we face today are of an interdisciplinary nature, and I look forward to being well prepared to try and tackle them when I graduate.