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Professor Eleanor Highwood

My research

My research focuses on atmospheric particles like smoke and dust and their effects on climate and climate change. I have led international measurement campaigns flying a research aircraft through pollution plumes, and have a large team of postdocs who use the data to improve climate models and establish the mechanisms by which aerosols change weather patterns. I am also passionate about science communication and enabling people to reach their full potential. Increasingly I am doing more research management than research, and now leadership in Diversity and Inclusion at university level.

My journey

I took nine months leave when each of my sons were born and I have worked 0.8 FTE ever since. I do the school run in the mornings and three afternoons per week. My husband collects the boys on the other days. My Department takes flexible working and equality of opportunity very seriously and this has allowed me to take on leadership roles on my terms.  My mother moved closer to us and helps out when I need to be away, but I have really cut down on international travel – there are only so many favours I can call in.

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