Head of Communications
Linda leads the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Communications team. She is responsible for designing and delivering strategic communications and engagement campaigns for BAS and for high-profile collaborative programmes including the new polar research ship for Britain, and EU-PolarNet.
Her early career at BAS included a publishing role with the international multidisciplinary scientific journal Antarctic Science.
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 was instrumental in establishing a formal Antarctic media visits programme and managed many of those visits on location.
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 former 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.
- Strategic communications and leadership
- Science communication
- Public engagement in research
- Corporate Communications
- 2015- present – Communications and Engagement lead for the new polar research ship for Britain – RRS Sir David Attenborough
- May 2015 –EU-PolarNet initiative – Connecting Science with Society – Horizon 2020 project. www.eu-polarnet.eu. Task-leader within Work Package 4 of this 5-year project, developing a suite of communications and engagement tasks.
- June 2015 – Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) Inter-sessional Contact Group. Established June 2015.
- 2011-12. IPY 2012 Conference “From Knowledge to Action”. Programme Chair, Public Engagement
- 2007-11. International Polar Year (IPY) Communications and Outreach Steering Groups (UK, European and International)
- 2007-11. Co-ordinator/Chair INFONET/COMNAP expert group on Education and Outreach
Press releases, science briefings and internal reports
too many to list
UK Science in Antarctica: 2014-2020. Policy paper
From: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. First published:16 July 2014
Making an Impact – communications, public engagement and outreach. Section within ‘ A story of Antarctic Co-Operation: 25 Years of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes’ by Gillian Wratt.
Publications from NERC Open Research Archive
Xavier, Jose C. ORCID record for Jose C. Xavier, Mateev, Dragomir, Capper, Linda, Wilmotte, Annick, Walton, David W.H. ORCID record for David W.H. Walton. (2019) Education and outreach by the Antarctic Treaty Parties, Observers and Experts under the framework of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings. Polar Record, 55. 241-244. 10.1017/S003224741800044X
Meredith, Michael ORCID record for Michael Meredith, Sundfjord, Arild, Henson, Stephanie, Meijers, Andrew ORCID record for Andrew Meijers, Murphy, Eugene ORCID record for Eugene Murphy, Bellerby, Richard, Daase, Malin, Cottier, Finlo, Belchier, Mark, Chierici, Melissa, Ellingsen, Ingrid, Falk-Petersen, Stig, Hill, Simeon, Holland, Paul ORCID record for Paul Holland, Tarling, Geraint ORCID record for Geraint Tarling, Trathan, Phil, Turner, John ORCID record for John Turner, Wilkinson, Jeremy, Batchellier, Layla, Capper, Linda, Oliver, Jamie. (2018) The state of the polar oceans 2018: making sense of our changing world. Cambridge, British Antarctic Survey, 14 pp.
Mowlem, M., Tsaloglou, M-N., Waugh, E., Floquet, C.F.A., Saw, K., Fowler, L., Brown, R., Pearce, D. ORCID record for D. Pearce, Wyatt, J., Beaton, A.D., Brito, M.P., Hodgson, D. ORCID record for D. Hodgson, Griffiths, G., Bentley, M., Blake, D., Campbell, H., Capper, L., Clarke, R., Cockell, C., Corr, H., Harris, W., Hill, C., Hindmarsh, R. ORCID record for R. Hindmarsh, King, E. ORCID record for E. King, Lamb, H., Maher, B., Makinson, K. ORCID record for K. Makinson, Parnell, J., Priscu, J., Rivera, A., Ross, N., Siegert, M.J., Smith, A. ORCID record for A. Smith, 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 ORCID record for Richard Hindmarsh, Hodgson, Dominic ORCID record for Dominic Hodgson, King, Edward ORCID record for Edward King, Lamb, H., Maher, B., Makinson, Keith ORCID record for Keith Makinson, Mowlem, M., Parnell, J., Pearce, David ORCID record for David Pearce, Priscu, J., Smith, Andy ORCID record for Andy Smith, 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.
- 1.5 Degree Challenge
- 60 Second Science
- Data as art – Aesthetics of water
- iSTAR – Stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet
New polar research ship for Britain – Communications and Engagement lead
Ice core inspired art installation opens in London
News 26 November, 2019
State of the Polar Oceans report published
News 18 July, 2018
New polar research ship makes a ‘splash’
News 11 July, 2018
STEM educators ‘twilight’ event
Event 1 November, 2017
EXHIBITION: New Scientist Live
Event 22 September, 2016
RRS Sir David Attenborough
Exhibition – Royal College of Art Graduate Show 2016
Event 26 June, 2016
2011-2012 IPY 2012 Programme Chair – Public Engagement: Conference: From Knowledge to Action
2007-2011 Coordinator/Chair of INFONET, Outreach Expert Group, COMNAP (Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes)
2005-2009 International Polar Year Outreach Steering Groups (International, European and UK)
1997-2001 Campaign to promote the joint commission by BAS and the Philharmonia Orchestra of a new Antarctic Symphony by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
1997-98 BBC News & Current Affairs media visit to Rothera Research Station
1998-99 ITV News media visit to Halley Research Station
2003-04 Guardian newspaper media visit to Rothera Research Station
2004-05 Documentary filming (Windfall Films) for BBC Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
2004-05 Sky News media visit to Rothera Research Station
2005-06 BBC News visit to Rothera Research Stations
2006-07 ITV News live from Antarctica – Rothera Research Station; featured Royal visit to the station by HRH the Princess Royal
2007-08 ITV News The big Melt special – live reports from Rothera Research Station
2009-10 BBC Frozen Planet – documentary filming at Rothera Research Station
Awards and nominations for Public Relations
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)
Awards and nominations for Education
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
- Task Leader - Communication and Outreach, EU-PolarNet
- Member, Chartered Institute of Public Relations
- Founder member, STEMPRA (Science, Technology, Engineering & Medicine Public Relations Association
- Steering group member, Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting Intersessional Contact Group for Education & Outreach
- Member, Government Communications Service
- Member, NERC Heads of Communications network
- Member (former lead), Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes expert group on Education & Outreach