Communicators have a considerable role to play in shaping how society responds to the challenges we face and inspiring people to act. Despite growing awareness amongst the public, misinformation about climate change is still widely reported. Grounding your communications in science is one of the best ways to tackle misinformation while also ensuring that you are delivering credible and engaging content.
This half-day course, delivered by the Royal Meteorological Society, is designed to empower communicators by providing the fundamental knowledge and tools to engage audiences in climate change and advise senior leaders within your organisations.
Event Type: Classroom
Address: Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom
Places available: 12
Places remaining: 3
Trainer: Hannah Mallinson MPRCA, Ellie Highwood MPRCA, and Liz Bentley MPRCA
How attendees will benefit
Attendees will develop a basic understanding of the science behind climate change, what it might mean for the future and how best to communicate this to their audiences.
Who should attend
Anyone working in a communications role looking to improve their knowledge of climate change or who would like to improve their confidence in engaging audiences about climate change.
What attendees will learn
- The science behind climate change
- How our climate has changed so far
- The connection between climate and weather
- Impacts of climate change now and in the future
- Current climate policy and outcomes of COP26
- The pitfalls of climate change communication
- Trusted resources and access to experts
- Jargon associated with climate change
Attendees will receive a copy of the slides.
Professor Liz Bentley
Liz Bentley is Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society. Her career in meteorology spans over 25 years as a research scientist, forecaster, trainer, manager, and communications professional. Liz has worked at the Met Office, BBC, and Government before joining the Royal Meteorological Society in 2008 as Head of Communications and, more recently, as Chief Executive. Liz is a regular contributor to the major broadcasters, delivering over 150 media interviews each year, providing explanations and information about weather and climate.
Professor Ellie Highwood
Ellie Highwood is a former Professor of Climate Physics at the University of Reading. She taught introductory meteorology, atmospheric physics and climate change to undergraduates and masters students and has made numerous public lectures and media appearances. She led a research group focusing on the impact of atmospheric particles (aerosols) on climate and climate change, including running international field campaigns and global modelling studies. She also volunteered as a STEM ambassador. Ellis currently runs a diversity and inclusion consultancy and coaches academics, scientists and researchers.
Hannah Mallinson is the Science Engagement Manager at the Royal Meteorological Society. Hannah joined the Society in early 2020 and is responsible for informal education activities and giving scientific support to her colleagues involved in publishing, events, and communications. Before this, Hannah worked at Fugro as a Marine Weather Forecaster for four years after completing her Masters in Applied Meteorology at the University of Reading.