British researcher awarded fellowship at Belgian polar station in Antarctica
Sunday, 07 October 2018
Kate Winter, awarded the 2018 Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship
Kate Winter of Northumbria University has been awarded the €150,000 Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship for her proposal “BioFe in Glacial Systems”. She will conduct research at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Research Station. The fellowship is a joint initiative between the International Polar Foundation and the Baillet Latour Fund.
The price was awarded at a ceremony in Brussels last week with presentations by Alain Hubert, the Belgian explorer and founder of the polar station, and the Baillet Latour Fund.
Dr. Kate Winter is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at Northumbria University, Newcastle, where she studies ice flows across Antarctica. She was selected after an independent peer review process, which recommended her for the proposed project which was found to meet the objectives of scientific excellence. The project involves undertaking geomorphological research around the polar station.
Her research is expected to fill a gap in the scientific investigation of ice sheet and provide important knowledge on how Antarctica is playing a role in future global climate change. In December 2018, Kate Winter will travel to Princess Elisabeth to begin her fieldwork.
“I’m delighted and honoured to win the Baillet Latour Antarctic Fellowship,” she said. “The award will allow me to conduct research in East Antarctica, one of the world’s most remote and extreme environments. It will enable me to answer important science questions that early career researchers are often not given the chance to solve.”