Future Events

In 2022 we are hoping to be able to run some events in a hybrid format to enable both virtual participants to attend from a range of locations as well as to allow members to begin to interact in person again. This will of course depend on ongoing Coronavirus restrictions. We hope to follow the rough pattern: in each 4 month period we will aim to have one event hybrid with the in-person aspect at the University, one event hybrid at the Met Office, and at least one event online only. Hopefully this will allow everyone to engage with our events on a regular basis. We also hope to have one event in each of these 4 month blocks to be at a different time to our usual meetings (4-5pm, first Friday of the month) to allow people who are unable to attend our usual meeting time a chance to join. All of our meetings are advertised on our website at least a couple of months in advance to help with calendar planning and enable people to have the best chance of being able to attend. 

Recently we have had a number of people reach out asking if we will be recording an upcoming session. We do not record any of our events. Our motivation for not recording our events is that we want to create an open forum for discussion without compromising how we express ourselves for fear of a recording being publicly available.

For each WiC event, we send out an email a few days before with the Teams link so you can join in the discussion. If you would like to sign-up to our mailing list please contact one of our organisers (see here for list of organisers).

We also host regular shut-up-and write sessions. To find out more about the shut-up-and-write sessions or for instructions on how to sign up continue reading here. Upcoming shut-up-and-write can be found in our calendar here.



Friday 4th February 2022

Theme: From Blogging to broadcasting: How I found my feet in science communication

Time: 16:00-17:00

Dr Rosie Oakes is a Senior Scientist in the International Climate Services team at the Met Office. Rosie has a wealth of science communication expertise from having her postdoctoral work exhibitedin the Academy of Natural Science in Philadelphia and being featured in a film by hit Youtuber Jack Harries and on ITV news during COP26. Rosie is passionate about communicating climate change science to a wide range of audiences and making science accessible and open to all. Join us to hear about Rosie’s journey in science communication, and her tips and tricks for success.

Rosie has a background in earth, ocean, and climate sciences. Her job at the Met Office involves working with people from around the world to provide clear, accessible climate information which can be used to inform decisions. Rosie is working on a wide range of projects across the globe, from an agriculture-focused project in the north east of China, to a hydropower and rainfall-focused project in Nepal. Regardless of the location, Rosie enjoys learning from people about the challenges they face and working out what climate information they need to help them prepare for the future

Friday 4th March 2022

Theme: To be or not to be? The gendered nature of ambition

Time: 16:00-17:00

We hope to run this as a hybrid event. Restrictions permitting, we hope to have a room at Streatham campus for some member to gather to watch the webinar (The speaker will be virtual), but it will still be possible to watch online only. More details will follow nearer the time.

Sabrina Spangsdorf is a strategic advisor and education analyst at Hillerød Municipality in Denmark while completing her PhD part-time at Exeter University. Her research primarily focuses of the gendered nature of ambition in adolescents and the possible gender differences in the perception of success and ambition to locate possible deterrents that may affect young students’ ambitions. Sabrina holds an MA in Business English and international relations from the University of Aalborg, Denmark and an MSc in applied Psychology from Liverpool University. Her MSc thesis was titled: ‘The glass slipper effect: The influence of occupational identity by association on the motivation to pursue a top managing position among women in Denmark’ and caught media attention for her research findings on such a relevant topic.

Friday 1st April 2022

We are hoping to hold a social event to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of  Women in Climate. This will be dependent on Coronavirus restrictions. Details will be communicated via email.

Thursday 28th April 2022

Theme: Diversity and Inclusion in the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change- talk by Helene Hewitt

Time: 13:00-14:00

Dr Helene Hewitt is a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report Working Group 1, Chapter 9 ‘Ocean, cryosphere, and sea level change’. Helene will talk about how diversity and inclusion were addressed in the IPCC WG1 process followed by a discussion session on the topic. Feel free to ask Helene other questions about her experience of being a IPCC Coordinating Lead Author. Helene has also been part of the Met Office Athena Swan Self-Assessment team.

Helene joined the Met Office Hadley Centre in 1996 as an ocean scientist, where she worked on evaluating climate models and detecting climate change in the ocean. Since 2003 she has led both ocean and sea ice model development and work on Polar Climate. Helene previously managed the development of the climate model, HadGEM3, which couples the ocean and ice models to the Met Office Unified Model atmosphere. More recently, she led the development of a version of HadGEM3 with an eddy-resolving ocean component. Helene currently leads the Ocean Modelling group and the Joint Marine Modelling Programme. She is a Met Office Science Fellow and a Visiting Professor at University of Southampton.