An unusual way to get into science

An unusual way to get into science

Combine a love of science with other careers.

So, you thought science was all about doing a science degree at university? Working in a lab? You're wrong!

I caught up with Andreas Streit from the Year of the Bat campaign. He's involved with a science-based organisation now, but that's not how he started his career. Andreas shows that if you have a love for science as well as other career interests you can combine them both.

Andreas Streit

Andreas Streit, Executive Secretary of EUROBATS

Andreas studied international relations and political science with law at university. Eventually, Andreas' experience in international relations - also know as dealing with headstrong and important people - led to him becoming Executive Scretary of the European Bat Agreement, EUROBATS, an international treaty for the conservation of bats in Europe. At EUROBATS, Andreas' job involves:

  • arranging meetings and agreements between heads of conservation agencies, governments and environmental organisations.
  • raising public awareness of the need for conservation of bats.
  • persuading governments to sign up to the EUROBATS agreement.
  • travelling to interesting places.

Working in international relations and science is a perfect combination for Andreas. He goes into the field with the highly qualified EUROBATS zoologists to study bats. Now, Andreas loves bats and wants to share this love with everyone else. He says bats are fun, interesting and captivating - see our Year of the Bat article if you don't believe us!

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EUROBATS protects bats, including this lesser long-nosed bat © Merlin D. Tuttle, Bat Conservation International

Are you interested in changing the laws surrounding animals? Why not take up law or international relations and specialise in this area? Or you could be a zoologist or biologist and provide the evidence that lawyers need prove that laws should be changed and that species need to be protected.

A love of science and lots of conservation experience will be an advantage, so get volunteering and you could help the Earth's endangered species!

To learn more about the Year of the Bat 2011-2012 campaign, see Planet Science's article celebrating all things bat related and the Year of the Bat website.