How to avoid the myth that you need to be a ‘scientist’ to understand a subject

The myth that science is only for the intellectually curious and that a degree in a STEM field is a prerequisite to being a scientist has been perpetuated to the point that even in the field of astronomy, where there is an increasing demand for STEM graduates, it is not uncommon for those who have been in the workforce for less than 10 years to be dismissed as “neophytes” or “unqualified”.

The problem with these narratives is that they are based on a misunderstanding of what science is and how it can be applied to real-world problems.

To help understand how to overcome these myths, we spoke to experts from academia, the wider scientific community and industry.