Rights: The University of Waikato Published 21 June 2007 Download

Dr Mike Williams from NIWA explains what excites him about being a scientist and why he likes problem-solving.


The thing I like most about doing scientific research is the problem solving. That you’re sitting there and you don’t actually know the answer, you don’t know if anyone knows the answer. And in fact there may not even be a sensible answer. And it’s that using your brain and the skills you’ve developed and working with other people to try and solve this problem.

It’s a really positive way to tackle life, is that you’re just constantly working on something that’s new and challenging - and if you get a little bit of bored with that problem there’s always another problem that needs working on. So I think it’s the problem solving that - that I enjoy the most.