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The Dr Katharine Giles Fund is providing high quality media training to scientists who win the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) science blog and best student science journalist awards. In addition, from 2016 the science blog award is named in Katharine's memory.
One of the first recipients, Matthew Warren of Oxford University, after attending his training at the Royal Society, said "It was a great day and I gained a lot out of it. I wouldn't have been there without the Dr Katharine Giles Fund and the ABSW, so thank you all very much for your support. It is fantastic that there are these opportunities for science communicators, especially for students when just starting off in their careers."
Dr Katharine Giles was a research fellow based at the Centre for Polar Observation and Measurement at University College London. She was carrying out ground-breaking work into the interactions between sea-ice cover, wind patterns and ocean circulation. She was tragically killed in a traffic accident in Central London on 8th April 2013.
Katharine had a popular website and blogs of her Arctic and Antarctic missions, she was a co-author and co-presenter of the 2006 IET Faraday Lecture "Emission Impossible - Can Technology Save the Planet?" presenting live to many thousands of young people, she provided an "Ice Scientist" career profile for the Institute of Physics and was a stylish role model.
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