Science communication is now an important aspect of a scientists job. I also find it one of the most rewarding aspects. I take an active role in science communication to all audience types. I regularly visit schools, organise art projects, talk to journalists and take part in organised science festivals and events.
Interviews for a number of newspaper articles, podcasts and radio shows about the rapid ice loss on the 79N glacier.
Here are a selection of links to view the articles and listen to the shows:
In January 2021 I spoke with Phil at the Naked Scientist about what was in store for the climate and COP26 talks this year.
Head of Education and Outreach of UKPN: Antarctic Flag Project
As part of my role as head of E+O for the UK Polar Network, I expanded and developed the Antarctic Flag project. The project educates school children about the Antarctic Treaty, the importance of international collaboration in science and celebrates Antarctica Day (December 1st). Pupils are invited to design a flag for the Antarctic. The flags are then printed and paired up with researcher, scientists and logistic workers who take them to the Antarctic on their research trips. The pupils then get a picture of their flag being flown in the Antarctic. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 I worked on this project. It increased in size each year. By 2016 we paired up children from 50 schools with 18 research teams. In total 284 flags travelled south to 14 different Antarctic bases. Since then, the project has grown each year and is now a huge international annual event.
Collaboration with the International Polar Foundation
The UK Polar Network collaborated regularly with the International Polar Foundation. Specific events included attending the science teachers conference in Birmingham, where we gave tutorials on new experiments to highlight climate change and processes in the polar regions (image above).
Sea ice, Shakleton and Science: Thinktank Museum, Birmingham
The UK Polar Network organised two workshops called ‘Sea ice, Shakleton and Science’. I helped run one of the events, held at the ThinkTank museum in Birmingham. We ran experiments, invited the public to try on polar explorer clothing and taught them about climate change in the polar regions. The morning sessions were open to organised groups such as the Brownies and Guides, whereas the afternoon session was open to the public. That gorgeous looking family in the photo above are actually the Turtons (my family). One benefit of outreach in your hometown is practicing on family!
Die lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (Friedrich-Alexander University)
In October 2019 I took part in ‘the long night of science’ at FAU. I was part of the High Performance Computing (HPC) group, to showcase the use of the supercomputers in physical geography. I presented the simulations from my Polar WRF runs of the northeast of Greenland. I spoke to the public about my work (sometimes in German if they couldn’t speak english) and to other users of the HPC.
Interviews with journalists about PhD research on föhn winds in Antarctica
At the end of my PhD, I was invited to take part in a press conference at the EGU General Assembly in 2017. I spoke with a number of journalists about my PhD research. Below are some of the links.