Head of Communications
Linda leads the British Antarctic Survey Communications team. In 1992 she established the first proactive Press operation within the BAS Information Office and subsequently developed an integrated Press, Public Relations and Education function at BAS to deliver corporate and government aspirations for public engagement in science. She is a founder member of STEMPRA (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine Public Relations Association), a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and co-ordinator of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP’s) Outreach Network. The work of Linda’s team has gained recognition for excellence within the PR and Education industries. The team has achieved several nominations and awards including a BAFTA and a Geography Association award for innovative education projects; as well as PR industry awards from the CIPR & CorpComms. Linda was awarded an MBE for services to science in 2003.
Public engagement in research
Mowlem, M., Tsaloglou, M-N., Waugh, E., Floquet, C.F.A., Saw, K., Fowler, L., Brown, R., Pearce, D., Wyatt, J., Beaton, A.D., Brito, M.P., Hodgson, D., Griffiths, G., Bentley, M., Blake, D., Campbell, H., Capper, L., Clarke, R., Cockell, C., Corr, H., Harris, W., Hill, C., Hindmarsh, R., King, E., Lamb, H., Maher, B., Makinson, K., Parnell, J., Priscu, J., Rivera, A., Ross, N., Siegert, M.J., Smith, A., Tait, A., Tranter, M., Wadham, J., Whalley, B., Woodward, J.. (2011) Probe technology for the direct measurement and sampling of Ellsworth Subglacial Lake. In: Antarctic Subglacial Aquatic Environments, Washington, American Geophysical Union, 246 pp. (AGU Geophysical Monograph, ).
Ross, N., Siegert, M.J., Rivera, A., Bentley, M.J., Blake, David, Capper, Linda, Clarke, Rachel, Cockell, C.S., Corr, Hugh, Harris, W., Hill, Christopher, Hindmarsh, Richard, Hodgson, Dominic, King, Edward, Lamb, H., Maher, B., Makinson, Keith, Mowlem, M., Parnell, J., Pearce, David, Priscu, J., Smith, Andy, Tait, Andrew, Tranter, M., Wadham, J.L., Whalley, W.B., Woodward, J.. (2011) Ellsworth Subglacial Lake, West Antarctica: A review of its history and recent field campaigns. In: Antarctic Subglacial Aquatic Environments, American Geophysical Union, 221-233.
The Communications Team works collectively on high profile projects. Our work has been recognised by our industry peers. Including:
2002 CIPR Cream Award – Silver for Best In-house PR Department
2003 PRWeek Award Finalist for Best Public Sector Dept of the Year
2006 CorpComms Winner for Best Public Sector Award for ‘Discover Antarctica’ public engagement campaign & event (Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, Edinburgh 2006)
2007 CorpComms Winner for Best use of Broadcast(for ITV News Antarctic visit – the Big Melt)
2007 CIPR Excellence Awards Finalist in Broadcast Category (for ITV News Antarctic visit – the Big Melt)
2002 BAFTA Winner for Offline Educational Resource Antarctic Waves
2006 Scottish Association of Geography Teachers award for DiscoveringAntarctica online educational resource
2006 The Geographical Association award for DiscoveringAntarctica online educational resource
2007 Childrens BAFTA nomination for Secondary Education
2007 International Webby Award nomination for Education