Iain Stewart, Professor of Geoscience Communication, is a global ambassador for the earth sciences and at the forefront of communicating planetary concerns, breaking down the barriers to public understanding of natural events like earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis and the media responses to them.
Interdisciplinary responses to geoscience events
Iain’s academic background uncovers the geological traces of ancient earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, and understanding how these past events can help us address future disaster threats. He has built new alliances across disciplinary divides, bringing human geographers, psychologists, sociologists and anthropologists together to apply their perspectives on how risk and uncertainty during geoscience problems are communicated.
As the UNESCO Chair in ‘Geology and Society’, he currently leads their ‘Geology for Sustainable Development’ project, championing the role and contributions of geoscience in addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He is also the Communications Lead for the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund Hub ‘Tomorrow’s Cities’, targeting disaster risk reduction in rapidly urbanising environments.
Our final frontier: the land below ground
I don’t gaze up to the night skies contemplating an exciting new frontier for humanity. I look beneath my feet. Because over the coming decades, our long-term sustainability will critically depend on how we manage what lies below. Read more about the land below ground
Enhancing education and engagement for Earth sciencesIain is one of the UK’s most prominent faces for geoscience communication, partnering with the BBC for over 15 years; building on his own BBC series, ‘Rise of the Continents’, Iain was most recently the scientific consultant to ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ produced by BBC ’s Natural History Unit. A vocal advocate for Earth sciences around the world, he has supported the British Council and UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office in building capacity for science communication overseas.
The person behind the pioneer
Inspiring the next generation of geoscientists.
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Many of society’s biggest challenges require global solutions that can only be achieved through sharing knowledge across both borders and subject areas, requiring international dialogues between geologists and the public.
We already possess a great deal of expertise in how geoscience can address challenges facing the developing world.
Professor Iain Stewart