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University’s climate expertise on show


What happens when there’s too much water? That’s the question Professor Hannah Cloke and other researchers will be answering as they represent the University at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition. The Exhibition runs from 8-11 July 2021 and all events are free to attend. Our exhibit looks at how the weather is forecast, how floods happen and the effect climate change is having on all of us.

Professor Cloke will be giving a lightning lecture exploring the topic on Friday 9 July at 12:45. An interactive website has been created to showcase our exhibit which can be visited any time from today. Inspired by a commissioned poem about flooding performed by Reading scientists as part of the exhibit, a competition has been launched to find the best amateur poem about water and the natural environment.

If getting out and about is more for you then we’re inviting you to look up to sky and see if you can spot all ten types of cloud. You can post your photos on the website or on social media using #CloudSpotting. Don’t worry if you don’t know your cumulus from your nimbus as there’s this handy guide to help (also available in hardcopy).

The Exhibition is the UK’s highest profile science public engagement event, attendance is decided by a competitive process and getting there has been a truly collaborative affair. Colleagues from the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Technical Services, Research Communication and Engagement, the Design and Print Studio and the Events Team all combined to make our exhibit.

If you’d like to know more please contact Jeremy LeLean.

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