Reading will host this month’s MPE Wednesday on 10th March from 2-5pm. This is a core MPE activity and we hope and expect that all Delta and Echo students will attend.  All other members of the MPE staff and student cohort are, of course, also welcome. 

MPE Wednesday 10 March 2021  


Zoom call opens and delegates gather 


Chaired by Jennifer Israelsson: 

Emily Black, Professor, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Univ of Reading: “TAMSAT and working with African nations” (title tbc) 


Chaired by Ieva Dauzickaite: 

Carl Stevenson and Sarah Staunton-Lamb: “Engaging Environments initiative: creating equitable spaces for co-enquiry and engagement in environmental science” 



Comfort break  



Chaired by Valerio Lucarini:  

Rosalind Cornforth, Professor and Director of the Walker Institute, Univ of Reading: “Climate resilient research for locally relevant action: A pathway to decision-making in Uganda” – how we unlock our research to make a difference. 



Wrap up and thanks by Jennifer Scott 



Meeting closes with the option to meet on 




Speakers’ Biographies: 

Professor Emily Black is a core member of the NCAS-Climate staff within the land-surface group.  Her work focuses on variability and change in the hydrological cycle, and the way that people perceive and experience the associated hazards. She has strong interests in African rainfall and leads the TAMSAT programme. TAMSAT stands for Tropical Applications of Meteorology using SATellite data and ground-based observations. Within TAMSAT scientists provide a real time rainfall product to stakeholders in Africa. and carries out research about variability and change in the African climate, using their new temporally consistent product TARCAT, which provides ground calibrated satellite rainfall estimates for the whole of Africa for a 30-year period (1983-present).  Emily also leads the Integrated Carbon and Land Management for Poverty Alleviation and is a co-ordinator of PAGODA (a major consortium project funded under NERC’s changing water cycle programme. 

Dr Carl Stevenson is a Senior Lecturer in Geology and part of The Earth Sciences Research Group within the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.  In addition to teaching and researching geological processes, Carl is also involved in community organising and interested in how science is relevant in civil society.  

Sarah Staunton-Lamb is a Senior Learning and Engagement Manager for Earthwatch Europe. Sarah designs and delivers programmes which engage and inspire people from different walks of life to connect to the natural world. 


A Professor of Climate and Development, Ros Cornforth is an expert in linking academics from different disciplines to work together to support climate resilience and development. As a leading innovator in knowledge exchange and multi-stakeholder engagement, she links science, policy and practice to drive solution-orientated research and build capacity on the ground.  A Meteorologist by training, she has many years’ experience collaborating with policymakers, communities and international organisations particularly across sub-Saharan Africa. Her work is creating a portfolio of research designed across all scales with a wide range of stakeholder groups to help build a climate resilient future.