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Prof. Iain Stewart MBE
Professor of Geoscience Communication and Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute at University of Plymouth.
Iain Stewart is Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom, spending much of his time writing and talking about the planet—how it works, its volatile history, and what its future holds for those living on it. He juggles a busy public engagement schedule across the United Kingdom and abroad with his academic duties as Director of the University of Plymouth’s ‘Sustainable Earth Institute’, and much of his research focuses on contested Earth science issues that are of relevance to long-term sustainable development.
As an academic Earth scientist, Iain specializes in recent geological change. After earning a Ph.D. in earthquake geology at the University of Bristol, he lectured in Earth sciences at Brunel University in West London until 2002. His research focused on uncovering the geological traces of ancient earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis and understanding how these past events can help us address future natural disaster threats. That work led in 2003 to his first solo BBC television series, Journeys From the Centre of the Earth.
In 2004, Iain joined the University of Plymouth and began to devote more time to popular geoscience. Throughout a 15-year partnership with BBC Science, he presented numerous mainstream landmark documentary television series on the nature, history, and state of the planet, many of them in collaboration with National Geographic or Discovery Science channels. Among the award-winning shows that Iain made are Journeys into the Ring of Fire, Earth: The Power of the Planet, Earth: The Climate Wars, How Earth Made Us, Rise of the Continents, and Planet Oil.
Iain is President of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, patron of the Scottish Geodiversity Forum, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His public profile as a populariser of science brought close involvement with the teaching of geology and geography in schools, and roles as honorary president of both the Geographical Association and the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers. In 2013, Iain received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Earth science education. He has written a number of popular science books, the most recent of which is the Ladybird Expert book on Plate Tectonics.
Iain’s work has been recognized with awards from international scientific bodies, such as the American Geophysical Union, the European Federation of Geoscientists, and the Royal Geographical Society. Much of his time is spent on international capacity-building around science communication, and in 2018 his Plymouth post was recognized as a UNESCO Chair of Geoscience and Society.