Fellows of the Royal Society are human too

By Jonathan Gregory In early May I was surprised and honoured, as well as happy, to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. One of the best consequences of this so far has been that I was allowed the opportunity to give a speech to members of the department one afternoon at an informal … Continue reading “Fellows of the Royal Society are human too”

Launching a weather balloon at the University of Reading

Weather forecasts these days are hi-tech: satellites orbiting the Earth continually watch the current weather and feed this information into some of the largest supercomputers in the world. But satellites can’t give us a complete picture of the current weather and, to fill in the gaps, we use a seemingly low-tech solution: helium balloons. Thousands … Continue reading “Launching a weather balloon at the University of Reading”

A career in environmental science research … ?

The SCENARIO NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) at the Universities of Reading and Surrey is advertising 12-16 fully funded PhD studentships starting in September 2015.  SCENARIO seeks to attract high-quality graduates from science, mathematics and engineering degrees.  For a full list of available PhD projects and details on how to apply, please visit our website: … Continue reading “A career in environmental science research … ?”

Environmental Physics 2014 video competition results

By Matt Owens Yesterday (Wednesday 26 November) was the screening event for the Environmental Physics 2014 video competition, in which we asked GCSE and A-level students to put together a one minute video describing an aspect of the physics of light.  The topic was chosen in support of UNESCO’s upcoming international year of light event. … Continue reading “Environmental Physics 2014 video competition results”