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Department of Computer Science and Technology

  • Director, Cambridge Zero
  • Professor of Environmental Data Science


Prof Emily Shuckburgh is Director of Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge's major climate change initiative. She is also Professor of Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology

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, a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey and a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.

At the University of Cambridge she is Director of the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER), Academic Director of the Institute of Computing for Climate Science, and co-Director of the Centre for Landscape Regeneration. She worked for more than a decade at the British Antarctic Survey where her work included leading a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate. Prior to that she undertook research at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at MIT.  She has also acted as an advisor on climate to the UK Government in various capacities.

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.

She is Honorary President of the Aldersgate Group.


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- 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

Honorary President, Aldersgate Group

Fellow, Royal Meteorological Society [Member, Science Engagement Committee]

Advisory Board, Energy and Climate Change Intelligence Unit

Fellow, Royal Society for the Arts

Contact Details

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