For me, research is for people who have ever asked why something is or isn’t, and as a result are motivated to understand and investigate phenomena in depth. The movement of ideas from genesis to submission may take years; along the way, publishing and presenting your work at conferences and seminars allow you both to self-check and to receive feedback from others to ensure that you are on track. To see your project start to take its place in the world of research and to know that you have contributed to the development of new knowledge – well, nothing tops that!