Dr Clare E.J. Watt
Dept of Meteorology
University of Reading
PO Box 243
BSc (Aberdeen), PhD (Cantab), FRAS, Lecturer in Space Environment Physics, University of Reading, Chair of Division III (Magnetospheric Processes) of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy, IAGA (2015-present).
Special interests: Magnetospheric Physics, Solar System Science, and Numerical Experiments.
Throughout its 200-year history, the Royal Astronomical Society has promoted astronomical science in the UK through a range of activities: the dissemination of new scientific results, the recognition of scientific achievement in astronomy, solar system science and geophysics, the preservation and curation of key historical archives, and in the promotion of our science to all. I have been a member of the RAS since 1999 and would like to become Councillor to serve a community that has inspired me. My background is in magnetospheric physics, in both numerical experiments and observational studies. In addition to scientific expertise, I have experience in the organisation of scientific meetings both nationally and internationally, as well as experience in outreach to schools. The role of the Council is to realise the aims of the Society, and I would like to explore how we can maintain and extend the main activities of the RAS. Given our diverse and geographically extended membership, I would like to investigate the benefits of holding more frequent scientific meetings outside of London. In the sea of competing scientific publications, I would like to persuade more of our colleagues to consider RAS publications to disseminate their latest results. I believe that the RAS could investigate the use of interactive online platforms to promote astronomy, solar system science and geophysics in the UK, engaging the public in astronomical events and scientific news stories wherever they live. Many of our members have innovative methods and materials that inspire non- specialists in astronomy and geophysics, and I would like to find ways we can share these ideas and resources to best promote our science. The network of people in the Royal Astronomical Society is its major strength, and my aim would be to help all members benefit from our shared passion and expertise.