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, that Innovate. Demonstrate. Elevate. Advance. Sustain (I.D.E.A.S) to protect the ozone layer and the environment.
Dr. Andrea Hinwood is an environmental scientist with expertise in environmental exposures and impacts on human health and currently the Chief Scientist at the United Nations Environment Programme. Prior to joining the UN, Dr Hinwood served as the first Chief Environmental Scientist at the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in Victoria, Australia. During her extensive career, one of her highlights was working for the Montreal Protocol: “I got to see how science was used in policy making and the interaction between a range of stakeholders such as non-government organizations, industries, and the scientists.”
Our second distinguished female scientist, Dr Helen Walter-Terrinoni, is Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs at the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). Since 2010, Dr Walter-Terrinoni has been a member of the Technical and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) and co-chair of the Flexible and Rigid Foams Technical Options Committee providing technical advice to the parties to the Montreal Protocol. On women and girls pursuing a career in science: “There are many, many people that want to help you succeed! We are interested in your thoughts and helping you to find opportunities.”