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Today (8th March) marks International Women’s Day.  This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter and is all about accelerating change and helping to facilitate a more gender-balanced future for our society.   Gender balance is essential for businesses & communities to thrive – we notice its absence and celebrate its presence. We all share a responsibility to help make positive changes and drive a gender-balanced world.  Celebrated for over a century, International Women’s Day recognizes the social, political, cultural and economic achievements of women around the world. 

And our very own Scientific Director has a great deal to celebrate this week!  Dynamic Earth’s Dr Hermione Cockburn has just been elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Edinburgh!  We are over the moon to share this news, as it is a great honour to be recognised as part of Scotland’s National Academy. 

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is an educational Scottish charity which was founded in 1783.  The Fellowship is made up of over 1600 individuals from backgrounds in business, science, health, technology, law, international development and creative arts.  These people volunteer their time & expertise to support the RSE’s mission statement of ‘knowledge made useful’.  This mission is delivered by: 

  • Engaging the public across Scotland on key issues through outreach programmes and a wide-range of public events
  • Inspiring and supporting young talent through research grants and awards
  • Providing impartial advice and expertise on various issues and topical matters.
  • Promoting Scotland’s interests overseas through building relationships with other academies around the world and collaborating on research projects.

Fellows must be nominated by an existing member and the main criteria for selection is excellence and outstanding achievement in their field.

Hermione is an award winning science communicator with a 20 year career that has taken her from being an innovative researcher in geomorphology to her current role as Scientific Director here at Dynamic Earth. She is particularly interested in promoting engagement between environmental scientists and the public. And Hermione has even presented a range of science radio and television programmes for the BBC! 


Hermione said - “It is an honour to be elected and I’m very pleased to become a Fellow of the RSE. The existing Fellows are such an interesting group of individuals, many of whom I admire greatly, and I look forward to working alongside others in the organisation promoting public engagement with science. Science is relevant to us all but how and why is not always immediately obvious and I think the RSE does a really tremendous job engaging different audiences from young people to policy makers on a wide range of subjects.”

8 Mar 2019


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