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Henrik Martenzon

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How can TED help networking between young, up and coming scientists, and experts in the field?

The gap is still too big between students wanting to become scientists and getting your chance to defend your dissertation.
There are two major problems, as I see it:
1. Young adults with great ideas or "nutty ideas" as Richard Feynman would put it, must withstand unbearable patience in order to academically get a chance to have an idea recognized. It's expensive, extensive and filled with loads of administrative "fun" while processed. It's a sad waste of talent.

2. "Finding" your specific topic/subject for research. This doesn't do it anymore, science is a way of thinking curiously and critically about the world. Remember it all started with explorers!
There is a lack of help for us, young adults, who want to begin scientific work, to get a grip of all the possibilities produced by the worlds universities. And from this emerges the problem of "what is to be discovered"? How can a 15 year old get information on how far science has come in a particular field? He or she must pursue extensive research on topics to understand what is known today and what is yet to discover. This is wasteful time spent for our youth.
The worlds dreamers needs a better platform for more efficient exploration of ideas.

We need a place for collected science to be evaluated and easy to oversee for next generation scientists to get in the game. Would be helpful, don't you think?

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  • Oct 22 2011: I think TED needs to attract both.

    TED provides the leading scientist a national audience and a chance to share his or her beliefs in a non-technical way. Delivering papers and presentations to rooms full of like minded individuals is less likely to provide the breath of cross-pollinazation of an open forum like this one.

    TED provides the aspiring scientist a chance to hear the leading experts.

    TED offers both a chance for cross-pollinating ideas and hearing different viewpoints.

    TED offers both a chance to be heard and not have your ideas or thoughts subject to any filtering by "so called" experts.
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    Oct 22 2011: Its sad that this nice person gives a correct reply to her. Now she is grateful for the hope it implies, "one day she will become a scientist". During her years of search this spark of interest may unfortunately die out. Its not even research how to pursue next idea, its research HOW TO GET IN! Waste.
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    Oct 22 2011: This is the problem!!!

    This answers was given to a 7th grader who asked how to become a scientist:

    Sep 13 2011: A bit of advice, there are many different sciences available to you. You should first research and narrow down the field that interests you the most.

    Once you have identified your field of interest, identify the educational institution that can offer you the best education on that subject. The internet is great but it can't always provide a strong foundation or accreditation that you will need in the scientific world. (Pick several educational institutions so you have a backup)

    Do whatever it takes (within the law) to go to the educational institution.

    Get work experience. If possible, try to find an internship or job before, during and after college that will provide you with the chance to work near the type of science that interests you. Even being a janitor (at NASA for example) can afford you opportunities that others will not have

    Network with professionals. (obviously not your science teacher)
    Emily Whitney 0
    Sep 14 2011: Thank you Bob!

    I am finding it very hard to find a field that I truly enjoy above the others. Everything that I encounter is just so amazing, and i think to myself "this is what i want to do" and the next second, I find something else just as amazing.

    How do I find the ideal field?
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    Oct 22 2011: This idea has merit and deserves more exploration.
    A social platform that is open to participants that register for access to post their interests, ideas and answers to questions that provide direction on science discovery is a great idea.
    Wikipedia already has extensive information available & TED provides a platform of discovery. Granted the process of research is time consuming, however the questions that happen in that process are where the science is applied. Private R&D is specific to the area of application. Real discovery happens often 'on the road' to solving a problem. Shortcuts are created through collaborations and the people involved with the focus interest.Knowledge is power and experience ( of a researcher) allows a scientist to distill that knowledge into a question that can be applied to a problem. No shortcuts there.