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British Society for Geomorphology Press Release

Chris Skinner takes up the role of Press Officer for the BSG


Image - The BSG's new Press Officer, Chris Skinner, demonstrating Humber in a Box at Hull's Freedom Festival (Photo by Hull University Science @HullUniScience)

Dr Chris Skinner, University of Hull, has been appointed as the new Press Officer for the British Society for Geomorphology. The role of Press Officer was established in 2015 with the remit of raising the profile of Geomorphology and increase exposure of Geomorphologists in the media. Chris takes up this role, replacing Emma Shuttleworth. We thank Emma for all of her hard work in establishing the position.

Chris completed his PhD in 2013 in the fields of Hydrology and Meteorology, before making the shift to his first love, Geomorphology. He is currently employed as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant as part of the Natural Environment Research Council funded project, Flash Flooding from Intense Rainfall, where his research aims to understand how floods change the landscape and how this impacts on future flood risk.

A passionate science communicator, in 2014 Chris founded SeriousGeoGames, a project which aims to use games, and gaming technology, to enhance the research, teaching and communication of Geosciences. The 'Humber in a Box' application utilises the latest virtual reality technology and was part of the successful BSG stand at Cheltenham Science Festival in 2015.

"I'm really excited," Chris told us, "Geomorphology is very much underrepresented in the media today and I'm looking forward to working hard to enthusiastically promote the science, and the community."

One of Chris' first roles will be to make the media aware of the collective expertise of the Society, and we would ask the membership to please contact him if you would like to be considered on the Society's list of experts. We will also be launching a new monthly series of expert blog articles highlighting interesting and contemporary topics in Geomorphology.

"Chris brings with him a wealth of enthusiasm for science communication," said Professor Jo Bullard, Chair of the British Society for Geomorphology. "We're very pleased to welcome Chris into the role, and I look forward to helping Chris build us a greater media presence".

Chris begins the role immediately and will act as the first point of contact for press and media wishing to approach the British Society for Geomorphology.

The press release can be downloaded here: New Press Officer at the BSG