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Organisation of international conferences
7th to 13th November 2022, Chair, International Meeting ‘Forming and Exploring Habitable Worlds‘, Edinburgh, Scotland. This event is aligned with my interests in research and training, as well as a current and commissioned book project (link), a further academic book with Arizona University Press’s Space Science Series and a Special Issue of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (link). Plenty of fun science and roles of responsibility for people to join in with.
13th to 16th August 2022, organising committee member, 5th International Workshop on Highly Siderophile Element Geo- and Cosmochemistry, Freiberg, Germany. Chair – Thomas Meisel. (Date coincides with the opening of refurbished / new labs and the unveiling of new instrumentation at the host.) A Special Issue of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta has been provisionally agreed in support of the publication of high-quality findings of broad significance that are anticipated to arise from this meeting.
2016, Chair, 4th International Workshop on Highly Siderophile Element Geochemistry
Attended by 75 international delegates (pictured above). Durham, UK.
Official link – Special Issue, Vol. 216 of GCA: Highly Siderophile Element Constraints on Earth and Planetary Processes (2017)
Workshop’s field trip to the Isle of Rum layered igneous intrusion
Pdf of the 2016 Workshop Program Summary
The 5th International Workshop on HSE Geochemistry is anticipated to be announced by the next host and soon.
2013, Member (1 of 4) of the local organising committee
76th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society. Edmonton, Canada.
Chair – Chris Herd. ~325 international delegates: Meeting Report in Elements
In this role I reviewed contracts, recruited and corresponded with the logo designers, assembled and led team of over 30 volunteers across this complex and multi-venue conference, actively contributed to meetings of our local organising committee, and also liaised with A-V team and institutional conference support during the event.
Organisation of scientific sessions and some peripheral activities
I run a mailing list that reaches roughly ~500 scientists around the globe to advocate for the activities of my field. To continue to promote a cooperative spirit and useful interdisciplinary discussions relevant new publications, conference sessions, and support of travel funds for early career researchers brief messages are circulated at intervals and at the request of community members.
To foster friendly exchange in our community I organised an informal picnic for HSE scientists and friends during Goldschmidt2017, Paris, France.
Supported student Convener/Chair, Fienke Nanne, 79th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, Berlin, Germany. One of five Special Sessions. “Planetary Evolution: Advances in meteoritical and lunar isotopic analysis” Another emerging researcher, Thomas Kruijer, was engaged to Co-Chair this session with Fienke.
Proposer and Co-Convener, 2 scientific sessions, Annual Goldschmidt Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
01e “Chemical and isotopic constraints on planetary accretion, differentiation and impact chronology.”
06d “What is/are the nature of subduction records preserved in Earth’s upper mantle?”
Proposer and Co-Convener of 1 session and conference volunteer, Annual Goldschmidt Meeting, Knoxville, TN, USA.
01b “Early Accretion and Differentiation Processes on Planets and Planetesimals.”
Conference team member, developed and provided A-V training to session support personnel [research student volunteers]. Over 2,000 international delegates. Link
Voluntary assistant. UK Moon Meeting, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
In the media
2020, “Writing for Change”, European Association of Geochemistry. Link
2020, Selected for a spotlight feature on the social media of the American Geophysical Union. Link
2020, Profiled with National Geographic. Link
2019, Feature in the American Astronomical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy. Link
2019, Collaborative research with colleagues in New Zealand, Canada, and China, and arising from a National Geographic Waitt grant that I PI’d, was featured in a Nature Research Highlight in January 2019. Link
2016, I provided guidance and was quoted in a ScienceNews article by Alexandra Witze exploring emerging themes in planet scale studies of iron-loving elements. This article included material presented at the 4th HSE Workshop. August 6th Edition, 2016. Alexandra is the 2016 winner of AGU’s David Perlman award for excellence in science journalism. The readership of Science News is over 200,000 and engages over 4.1 million school children and educators in STEM through the publisher’s High School’s program.
2016/2017, 4th International Workshop on Highly Siderophile Element Geochemistry in the news:
Selected to be featured in the Geochemical Society News in Elements,
Elements has an impact factor ~4.5 and reaches a membership in excess of that of the 17 international participating societies involved.
Full Meeting Report in Elements
Featured on the EAG blog (open access)
Iron-loving elements feature in ScienceNews
2016, Elected as Europe’s Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Individual Fellow of the week. Link.
Solicited talks and seminars
Over 30 invited talks given since 2008 in institutions of the UK, USA, and Canada.
e.g., U of Manchester, UK, U of British Columbia and U of Alberta, Canada,
U of Tennessee, USA.
Example public engagement and outreach
2017, Durham Café Scientifique. ‘How and what we learn from planets and asteroids.’
2015, Royal Tyrrell Museum Speaker Series (invited), Canada. ‘Messages from Meteorites’. Attended by ~200 and available online where it has been viewed by ~5K people.
2008, (invited) East Midland’s Geological Society Speaker at BGS, Keyworth, UK. ‘Earth Evolution: Insight from Orogenic Peridotites’.