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Professor Lucy Carpenter, left and Professor Sharon Robinson, right

For International Day of Women & Girls in Science, celebrated each year on 11 February, we honour female scientists who are at the forefront of climate action to protect the ozone layer and the environment.

Professor Lucy Carpenter, a Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of York, United Kingdom studies the complex interactions between the oceans and the atmosphere. She has been actively involved with the work of the Montreal Protocol since 2014 and is a co-chair of the Protocol’s Scientific Assessment Panel. During her extensive career, one of her highlights was an Antarctic expedition: “There have been many highlights, but I would pick out being chief scientist on an ice-breaking cruise in the Arctic Ocean about ten years ago. The feeling of leading the science part of the expedition to get the best out of it was incredible.
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Our second distinguished female scientist, Professor Sharon Robinson, is a Climate Change Biologist at Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF), University of Wollongong, Australia. Since 2009, Professor Robinson has been a member of the Protocol’s Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP). On women and girls pursuing a career in science: “I would encourage anyone to follow their passion, into science or whatever else they love. It is particularly important that we encourage girls and young women into science and engineering because they are still underrepresented in the STEM fields.
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