Linden Ashcroft wins a science outreach award

In exciting news, our very own Dr Linden Ashcroft has been awarded the AMOS Science Outreach Award at the 2021 AMOS conference.

The accolade recognises AMOS outreach ambassadors who inspire other AMOS members to undertake science engagement activities. It also recognises those who engage with the public, politicians, schools, businesses and communities, to educate and inform those groups on topics associated with AMOS themes. 

In 2019, our Director Dr Joëlle Gergis was awarded this same accolade, so it’s an honour to have two members of our team now recognised for their strength in engagement and outreach.

Linden has used her expertise in historical and future climate change to educate the broader public, through dozens of TV, radio and newspaper interviews. This includes her extensive radio work with the Einstein A-go-go program on 3RRR where she has a semi-regular slot explaining and discussing recent science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) stories to the broader public. Linden’s outreach has helped influence public opinion on past and future climate change through educating people around these topics. 

Linden’s clear and easy-to-understand article “Letter to a weather station” was published in a collection of The Best Australian Science Writing 2019. In early 2019, Linden was recognised as a Science and Technology Australia Superstar of STEM, a program established to create a critical mass of outstanding Australian female scientists and technologists as role models for young women and girls. 

Linden’s effective communication and passion for her research has energised efforts to harness the power of citizen scientists in helping to transcribe old weather records. This vital work that Linden has helped pioneer allows climate scientists to extend the record of Australian meteorological observations back well into the 19th century.