Last night I attended the WA Science Awards as a guest of the Department of Commerce. I was in the same room with incredibly talented scientists. I understand that for most people this isn’t a big deal but then I’m not most people. Like how someone might follow the career of an athlete, artist, actor or chef, I follow the careers of scientists. Being at the WA Science Awards was a HUGE deal to me.
I got there early and the aim was to position myself somewhere to watch who was coming. I had a quick look at the list and it was impressive. I started making a mental list of who I would like to chat to. The butterflies in my stomach were threatening to escape when out of nowhere a waiter appeared offering pre-drinks. I collected my nerves and had another look around and started to see familiar faces, people I knew or had interviewed for a science news article or had a photograph taken with them in the past.
I relaxed and started chatting with people in the foyer of the Bellevue Ballroom at the Perth Convention and Entertainment Centre. At some point while chatting to one of my bosses, the Editor of Science Network WA, Jason Boudville and a colleague Marion Lopez, I lost my composure and forgot about etiquette altogether. I had not just spotted Professor Barry Marshall in the crowd but also who he shares his 2005 Nobel Prize in Medicine with, Dr Robin Warren. While I was tweeting my excitement, I left my amused boss to explain to Marion why I had suddenly transformed into a fangirl.
A few, (okay, maybe a lot), of them say that I collect scientists like Pokémon. I get photos taken with scientists I admire and respect. And why not? Why should only celebrities be treated like super stars? Before walking into the ballroom I decided that I had to get a photo of the Prof Marshall and Dr Warren together. And as tempting it was to visit almost everyone in the room for a photo, I didn’t but boy was it tempting. I have three photographs to share. Continue reading