Heather Reid OBE / Speaker Profile

Heather Reid OBE

Heather Reid OBE

Heather Reid is a physicist and meteorologist who spent 15 years as BBC Scotland's chief weather forecaster and presenter. During this time, 'Heather the Weather' combined her TV role with promoting science to young people and the general public. She has worked tirelessly at science festivals, school events and science centres to highlight the importance of studying science. This work has led to several awards including, the prestigious Kelvin Medal from the Institute of Physics, honorary doctorates from the University of Paisley and the University of Glasgow and, in 2006, was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list for services to physics.

Heather now uses her science engagement experience as a freelance education consultant with a variety of organisations. She specialises in promoting climate change as a context for interdisciplinary learning and regularly contributes on topics such as sustainability, renewable energy, global citizenship and the importance of science. For the past 3 years she has worked with teachers to deliver highly successful science education resources and activities for schools and local authorities.

She has also delivered keynote lectures at education events across the UK, and continues to inspire audiences with her passion for science. Heather is a very experienced conference host, especially in the areas of education, science and innovation. Her knowledge and understanding of the educational landscape often assists clients in the planning and delivery of events.

Heather holds an honorary lectureship in Glasgow University's school of physics and astronomy, she is a Trustee and Non-Executive Director of Glasgow Science Centre and a member of the Scottish Governments' Science and Engineering Education Advisory Group.

Heather Reid lives in Glasgow with her husband, Professor Miles Padgett who holds the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, and their young daughter, Jenna. In their free time they are often found at the 7Stanes mountain biking centres testing Newton's Law's of Motion on various routes!

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