1 January, 2016

Dr Emily Shuckburgh, British Antarctic Survey’s Deputy Head of Polar Oceans, was among those named in the New Year’s Honours List.  She has been awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science.

Dr Emily Shuckburgh’ research is focused on understanding the role of the polar oceans in the global climate system. Her personal research concerns investigating the dynamics of the atmosphere, oceans and climate using theoretical approaches, observational studies and numerical modelling.

Dr Emily Shuckburgh, British Antarctic Survey

She holds a number of positions at the University of Cambridge. She is a fellow of Darwin College, a member of the Faculty of Mathematics and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, an associate of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research, an associate fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, and a member of the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment.  She is also a fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, which is dedicated to working with leaders from business, government and civil society on the critical global challenges of the 21st century such as climate change, water scarcity and food security.

Emily is the lead-author of a report “Climate Science, the Public and the News Media”.

On hearing of the award she said,

“I believe it is vital that as scientists we ensure that our findings are communicated effectively to relevant decision-makers and that we engage with society more broadly. Given this, I was delighted to learn I would be receiving an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. I hope that it helps to underscore that science and the public communication of science go hand-in-hand. With the recent Paris Agreement on climate change ushering in a new vision of the future, the evidence provided by climate science is going to be at the heart of planning a resilient world encompassing both mitigation and adaptation measures across our entire global system. This will require engagement with stakeholders throughout society to respond to the changing need for climate analytics.”