Extreme Weather and You - Our Presenters and Speakers

  • Prof. Liz Bentley

    Prof. Liz Bentley is Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society. She has had a distinguished career in meteorology and is often to be heard in the media and in public events talking about all aspects of the weather. She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading.
  • Prof. Matt Collins

    Prof. Mat Collins is joint Met Office chair in Climate Change at the University of Exeter. He is an expert in the El Nino Southern Oscillation, its global impacts and how it is changing with global warming. Matt will be presenting a fascinating insight into how an ocean current on the other side of the world affects our weather in Devon.
  • Prof. Richard Betts

    Prof. Richard Betts is a climate scientist at the Met Office and Chair in Climate Impacts at the University of Exeter. He is an expert in the impacts of climate change and leads a project to understand what worlds would look like that are two or four degrees celsius warmer than pre-industrial temperatures.
  • Felicity Liggins

    Felicity Liggins is a scientist at the Met Office. She works with health and government customers, as well as commercial clients, providing bespoke interpretation of climate change science. She also works in various ways with the public sharing her love of weather and climate science in a wide range of contexts including for example at the Green Man Festival.
  • Dr Ewan Woodley

    Dr Ewan Woodley is a lecturer in Geography at the University of Exeter. He specialises in climate change, natural hazards and public understandings of risk and resilience.
  • Dr Robert Dunn

    Dr Robert Dunn is a climate scientist at the Met Office Hadley Centre. He develops observational datasets for the study of climate extremes and how they are changing.
  • Prof. Stewart Barr

    Prof. Stewart Barr is Professor of Geography at the University of Exeter. He carries our research into sustainable development and community resilience to environmental change.
  • Dr Matt Hawcroft

    Matt Hawcroft is a Research Fellow in Exeter Climate Systems. He is funded under the NERC/DfID Future Climates for Africa (FCFA) project "Improving Model Processes for African Climate" (IMPALA). At Exeter, he works with Jim Haywood and Mat Collins. His current work involves evaluating large-scale controls on African climate with a specific focus on the global sources of regional bias in climate models, such as the global energy budget and regional/global SST biases. His PhD focussed on the mid-latitude storm tracks and he continues to take an interest in this area. Prior to starting his PhD, he worked as a research assistant at the University of Oxford, researching climate change and food security in Africa for the CCAFS program.
  • Clare Bryden

    Clare Bryden is an artist, writer and freelance website developer based in Exeter. Her interests are primarily in how human beings affect and are affected by the natural world of which we are part, and the related theology and psychology of connectedness. Her creative practice springs from her desire to communicate environmental and social issues, her need for hope and energy in keeping on keeping on, and her habit of making connections, especially between sciences and art, and finding patterns. Clare’s background is in science, economics, energy and the environment, including employment at Cambridge Econometrics and the Met Office. All is grist to her mill.