SotF 2016 – James Mollard – Wake up Sheeple!: Communicating Climate Science

Thursday 25 August 2016, 7:50 pm - 8:50 pm
At: Banshee Labyrinth, 29-35 Niddry Street, EH1 1LG

25th James Mollard

Why is there a significant difference between what the public believe about climate change, and what climate scientists are writing about? This talk discusses where mistakes have been made in both science and climate science communication to the public. It will include a discussion on why uncertainties can be the bane of science communication, explore the damage that has been done to climate science through the years, and will explain how scientists are altering their methods of communication in an attempt to try to educate the public about their research.

James took his undergraduate degree at Edinburgh University, studying Geophysics and Meteorology, specialising in Climate/Environmental Science modules. His dissertation in particular looked at linking aerosol pollution with changes in weather patterns over Western Europe. Since then, he has moved to Reading University on a joint NERC/CASE award, in which he is analysing and improving the effect of carbonaceous aerosols in climate models. This work currently also has him working with the Met Office in Exeter, where he spends time as well working on both their chemistry and aerosol model, and on the new Earth system model which is in development.

You can find out more at or by following him on twitter @mollyman90

Skeptics on the Fringe is proud to be part of PBH’s Free Fringe. Our talks are free and unticketed, so come early to the Free Fringe’s spoken word hub at the Banshee Labyrinth to be sure of a seat.

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