Ask me anything: Erik Bakkers


Taken from the January 2021 issue of Physics World. Members of the Institute of Physics can enjoy the full issue via the Physics World app.


What skills do you use every day in your job?
I think one of the main skills that I use on a daily basis in my life and work is creativity – mainly to solve a lot of problems, but also to stimulate people. The role of a PhD student can be quite tough, and it’s my job to keep them motivated. Creativity is also important in science – we have to think about new research topics, and try to look ahead to estimate what will be