Time to meet Dr. Antonella Dimotta (She/her)! Dr. Dimotta is a civil-environmental and a hydraulic engineer with a PhD in Land, Environmental and Forestry Sciences originally from Italy and currently working at Earth- & Eco-Systems Expertise for Environmental Modelling and Restoration (E.E.S.E.E.M.R) Company in Dublin, Ireland!
What kind of scientist are you?
I am an Italian scientist and violinist. First of all, I would like to define myself as a multi-passionate scientist about Science and Music. I am a civil-environmental and a Hydraulic Engineer with a PhD in Land, Environmental and Forestry Sciences with a particular and specific focus on Geology, Geomorphology, Environmental Economics, Land and Soil Management, Soil and Water Conservation, Soil Quality Restoration, Climate Change and Human Health. I am a passionate scientist, because I always thought that a scientist should be able to transmit a lot of Love for Science and Curiosity. I feel like a kind of “Energy Thruster”. As a researcher and science communicator, I feel like an Energy and Creativity Thruster because my engine is Passion and my fuel is the powerful combination of my constant curiosity with my endless ambition.
What made you want to become a scientist?
I decided to become a scientist because of my personality. This aspect is correlated with my desire for helping everyone by trying to give answers and contributes to any situation. My “interior engine” is always ready to give this kind of support to be useful and helpful. So, my ambition allowed me to reach all my goals.
“I could definitely define myself as a multi-passionate and multifaceted scientist.”Dr. Antonella Dimotta
What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
First of all, I can humbly define myself as the only scientist in my family. In addition to being a scientist, I am a musician: I am a violinist and my instrumental skills include the piano and viola as well. My passions include composing music for the violin, piano and viola. I could definitely define myself as a multi-passionate and multifaceted scientist.
What’s something cool you do outside of work?
Outside of my work, I love to compose music for the violin, piano and viola, and love to write books of my own life experience-based, poetry and my thoughts. Moreover, I love reading a lot about all I “meet” under my eyes, but my preference is to read about Medicine, Oncology and Biology, Art and others.
I am a travel lover and love my dogs. I love to walk at the seafront for thinking about new ideas for my research inspiration and “approaches”. Something cool outside: I am an extrovert woman, so my funky and smiling mood is something useful in our planet Earth… I guess so!
If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
I would change “how a scientist is seen and considered” by non-experts: I would like to change the viewing and the observation angle of the “Scientist Phenomenon” by non-experts. In addition, I would make Science much more accessible and approachable by everyone. One of my personal quote: 《Less interest business-based and more interest curiosity-based!》
“I am in love with life, positive emotions, great experiences and I love to smile and laugh.”Dr. Antonella Dimotta
Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
To answer this question I should mention “someone” present in my blood, because I have to thank my DNA filled with millions of billions of tons of Ambition and Love-of-Knowledge. I am strongly and deeply in love with the potential of being able to help our planet and humanity solve one or more problems that are gripping the environment and human health and everyone’s quality of life.
In my past, I have been inspired by one of my referees of my doctoral dissertation (American referee). Great mind!
Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
Once, someone defined me as a “multifaceted mind”, but I always say that: before being a scientist, I am a person, that’s why my Instagram page is a mixture of life and science, not only Science. I am in love with life, positive emotions, great experiences and I love to smile and laugh. It is amazing to know that you were able to make someone smile and/or laugh after a bad day/time. It is great to know that your life and/or science experience could/can help someone solve a problem or simply it could be useful and helpful for making someone get better. I love to make my friends laugh… with tears!
“LET’S GO ON! LET’S GO FURTHER!” – Dr. Antonella Dimotta