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Department of Computer Science and Technology

  • Director, Cambridge Zero
  • Reader in Environmental Data Science

Dr Emily Shuckburgh is Director of Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge's major climate change initiative. She is also Reader in Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology and leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER)

She is a mathematician and climate scientist and a Fellow of Darwin College, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy and a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey.

She worked for more than a decade at the British Antarctic Survey where she led a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate (ORCHESTRA), and was deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team and head of the Data Science Group. Prior to that she undertook research at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at MIT. She is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and co-chair of their Climate Science Communications Group. She has also acted as an advisor to the UK Government on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council.

In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.


1994 BA Mathematics, Magdalen College, Oxford University 1995 Part III Mathematics Tripos, Trinity College, Cambridge University
1999 PhD, Atmospheric Dynamics, Department of Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics, Cambridge University
1999 Senior Rouse Ball Scholar, Trinity College, Cambridge
2000-03 Research Fellow, Darwin College, Cambridge
2000 Post-doctoral Research Associate, European Ozone Co-ordinating Unit, University of Cambridge
2001-03 EC Marie Curie Research Fellow, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris
2003- Fellow in Mathematics, Darwin College, Cambridge
2003-06 Director, Geophysical and Environmental Fluid Dynamics Summer School, Dept Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge
2005 Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2006-09 NERC Research Fellow, British Antarctic Survey and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2009-15 Head, Open Oceans, British Antarctic Survey
2010-13 Scientific Advisor to Dept of Energy and Climate Change
2015-19 Deputy-Head, Polar Oceans, British Antarctic Survey
2019- Director, Cambridge Zero, University of Cambridge
2019- Reader, Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge

Other Activities:

2001-09 Director, Weather Informatics Ltd

1999 British Association Media Fellow at BBC Tomorrow’s World

Professional Activities

External Responsibilities:

Co-Chair, Climate Science Communications Group, Royal Meteorological Society Member, Climate Science Special Interest Group, Royal Meteorological Society
Member, Advisory Board (on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council), All Party Parliamentary Climate Change
Member, IPPR’s Environmental Justice Commission: Delivering a Green New Deal For All
Advisory Board, Energy and Climate Change Intelligence Unit

Professional Societies:

Fellow, Royal Meteorological Society Fellow, Royal Society for the Arts

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