A Question of Extremes - Our Speakers

  • Dr Helen Czerski

    Dr Helen Czerski is one of our leading science communicators. She is a physicist based at University College, London, and she has presented many science programmes for the BBC. Her scientific research is into ocean bubbles and their influence on the atmosphere. She presented a programme on the science of bubbles for the BBC and she has presented programmes on many other aspects of science including on extreme weather and climate change.
  • Prof. Dame Julia Slingo OBE FRS

    Prof. Dame Julia Slingo OBE FRS is the Chief Scientist at the Met Office. She is a world leading expert in tropical climate variability and cumulus convection, its influence on the global climate and its role in seasonal and decadal climate prediction. She has led the development of a new generation of high resolution climate models. She leads the development of the scientific strategy ant the Met Office, provides advice to government, and is often asked to talk about weather and climate science and its implications by the media.
  • Dr. Peter Stott

    Dr. Peter Stott is a climate scientist at the Met Office Hadley Centre, specialising in the observations and understanding of past climate variability and change. He is particularly interested in the question of how extremes of weather and climate are changing with global warming and co-edits an annual report that looks back at extreme events of the previous and puts them into the context of climate variability and change. He has worked on the reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and has often been asked to talk about his science and its implications for radio and television programmes. Peter is a founding member of WAM.
  • Prof. Peter Cox

    Prof. Peter Cox is Professor of Climate System Dynamics at the University of Exeter. His research into carbon cycle feedbacks, the process which can lead natural vegetation to release more carbon to the atmosphere and therefore exacerbate climate change, has led to some very high profile scientific publications. He has appeared in a number of television documentaries on climate change including with Sir David Attenborough.
  • Prof. Neil Adger

    Neil Adger is Professor of Human Geography. He teaches, supervises graduate students, and researches in the areas of environmental geography, ecological and institutional economics, and global environmental change. Neil is a on the list of social scientists in ISI Highly Cited Researchers, one of the few geogrpahers whose work is widely cited across the disciplines. He is a member of the Resilience Alliance, a global network of leading scientists and social scientists working on theory and practice of resilience of social-ecological systems for sustainability.
  • Prof. Paul Hardaker

    Prof. Paul Hardaker is Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics. Before taking up this position in 2012 Paul was Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society and before that worked for many years at the Met Office. He is one of the founding members of WAM and chaired a very lively Climate Change Question Time at the first WAM festival in Reading in 2012.