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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsDR. LIZ CLUETT: Have an idea and talk to as many people as you possibly can before you actually do anything.

Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsDR. DRAGANA MLADENOVIC: Make sure you really like the thing that you are about to research.

Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsDR. DAVID READ: So it's worth putting some thought into that. Secondly, it's really important to know what's been done before.

Skip to 0 minutes and 20 secondsDR. FILIPPO FAZI: So number two, try to understand whether that has already been done by someone else.

Skip to 0 minutes and 24 secondsDR. RUTH BARTLETT: So find out what other people think about that topic as well.

Skip to 0 minutes and 27 secondsDR. DAVID READ: Find out what you can learn from experts that have worked in the field previously.

Skip to 0 minutes and 31 secondsDR. RUTH BARTLETT: Do lots and lots of reading and also lots and lots of talking to other people and listening.

Skip to 0 minutes and 37 secondsDR. JON COPLEY: So keeping good notes as you're going is really important.

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 secondsDR. LIZ CLUETT: And then make sure you pick a topic that is really passionate to you.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 secondsDR. DRAGANA MLADENOVIC: Because research can be very tough. It can be a lonely place.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 secondsDR. FILIPPO FAZI: That's perhaps the underlying truth.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsDR. DAVID READ: And finally, be prepared to stick with it for the long term. These things always take time, and Rome wasn't built in a day.

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