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Exclusive Carbon Brief event for Student Conference Delegates

27 May 2021

Still unsure whether to attend this year’s Royal Meteorological Society Student and Early Career Scientists Annual Conference (28-29 June 2021)? As well as a fantastic programme and keynote speakers, we are thrilled to be hosting an additional event with the award-winning team from Carbon Brief.

Carbon Brief is a UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. They specialise in clear, data-driven articles and graphics to help improve the understanding of climate change, both in terms of the science and the policy response. They publish a wide range of content, including science explainers, interviews, analysis and factchecks, as well as daily and weekly email summaries of newspaper and online coverage.

On Thursday 1 July (3-4pm) they are offering a one-off Careers Clinic event, just for conference delegates. This is a unique opportunity for those with an interest in journalism or those who want to learn more about science careers outside of academia, to hear from the team at Carbon Brief about their career paths and get the opportunity to ask questions.


Leo Hickman (@LeoHickman) is the director and editor. Leo previously worked for 16 years as a journalist, editor and author at the Guardian newspaper. Before joining Carbon Brief, he was WWF-UK’s chief advisor on climate change. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Exeter in recognition of his journalism. His books include A Life Stripped Bare, The Final Call and Will Jellyfish Rule the World?

Robert McSweeney (@rtmcswee) is the science editor. Robert holds an MEng in mechanical engineering from the University of Warwick and an MSc in climate change from the University of East Anglia. He previously spent eight years working on climate change projects at the consultancy firm Atkins.

Ayesha Tandon (@AyeshaTandon) is the science journalist. Ayesha holds an MSci in natural sciences, specialising in climate science, from the University of Exeter. She previously worked at the UK Met Office as a climate science communicator.

Dr Giuliana Viglione (@GAViglione) is the food systems journalist. Giuliana has a PhD in environmental science, specialising in oceanography, from the California Institute of Technology. She previously worked at Nature and Chemical & Engineering News and freelanced for several scientific publications.

Funding and Registration

Carbon Brief is also providing financial support for 10 people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who are engaged in climate and weather research, to attend this year's conference. If you would like to apply for assistance in paying your fees, please read the eligibility criteria and download the application form.

Please visit to secure your place. Discounted rates are available for RMetS Members. Registration closes on Friday 25 June at 4pm.



Photo: © Winner of the Student and Early Career Scientists Conference Photography Competition – Interlaken by Beatriz Fernández-Duque