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Equality & Diversity


Annual WiSETI Lecture 2018: Going to the Ends of the Earth as a Woman in Science

Professor Dame Jane Francis is a geologist by training, specialising in the reconstruction of environments on Earth millions of years ago. Her research interests include ancient climates and fossil plants, particularly of the polar regions, the regions on Earth most sensitive to climate change. Her research has led to many adventures in the awesome polar landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctica.

Jane was  Dean of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Leeds, is currently the first woman Director of the British Antarctic Survey, and is involved in the organisation of the international Antarctic Treaty. She was awarded the Polar Medal in 2002 in recognition of her contribution to British polar research and in 2017 was made Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George for her role in polar diplomacy. Jane will talk about her life and work as a woman in science, both the triumphs and the challenges.

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Wednesday, 14 March, 2018 - 17:30 to 18:30