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Joe Sherratt

Joe Sherratt

Chair - Beyond Borders

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Greatest influence?

Growing up I loved watching documentaries by Professor Ian Stewart about volcanoes and earthquakes. I think they made me just generally curious about the world around us sparking my interest in science.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

My grandad used to take me to the airport to watch planes taking off when I was a kid, so I always wanted to be a pilot. Recently I started learning to fly and have completed my first solo flight so maybe one day I will be a pilot after all.

Any career advise to younger self?

My career is only in its infancy, but I have already learned it is easier to motivate myself to do something when I enjoy it. So I guess I would just tell my younger self to do what I enjoy. Also, as a young person so much stress is put on exam results but I think I would tell my younger self not to worry so much and just to do my best.

Benefit of SPE membership?

I moved to Aberdeen and only knew a couple of people. SPE helped me to meet new people and make lifelong friends which helped that transition. And the YP BBQs aren’t bad either…

Stress Buster?

Going for a walk at Balmedie is great for stress, whatever the weather!

Bucket List?

Finish my pilot's license, and see the northern lights.

Favourite place for holiday?

I’ve had some great holidays abroad but nothing beats a week in a caravan in Cornwall, even when the rain is pounding on the roof of the caravan.

Watching on TV?

Just waiting for the return of Game of Thrones in April.

Favourite TV Character?

Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones because “I drink, and I know things”.

Best Achievement so far?

My best achievement so far has to be having my first paper published in an academic journal in 2018.

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