Dr Melanie Windridge is a plasma physicist, speaker, writer… with a taste for adventure. She has a PhD in fusion energy from Imperial College London, is Communications Consultant for fusion start-up Tokamak Energy, has worked in education with the Ogden Trust, Anturus and the Your Life campaign, and is a STEM Ambassador. She is the author of Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights and Star Chambers, an introductory book on fusion energy. She has climbed Mount Everest. Melanie loves the mountains and believes science and exploration go hand in hand. »Read more



“I really appreciate the work you do, especially with schools. What you said in your talk made me even more interested in the physics of fusion and I am sure it inspires many others as well!”

Sophie, Year 10, Beaconsfield High School

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Melanie's award-winning book "AURORA" was released 25th February 2016 and is now out in paperback too.

Read more about Melanie’s books:

»Aurora: In search of the Northern Lights

»Star Chambers: The Race for Fusion Power

»The ASLI Award for Aurora



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Melanie is an accomplished speaker who has delivered countless lectures at festivals, events and schools. She mostly speaks about the aurora, fusion energy, Everest and combining science with adventure.

Melanie is represented by Northbank Talent Management. See contact page for details.

Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights


Do we really understand the northern lights? Tour operators will have us believe that we do, but there are still mysteries hidden behind the dancing curtains of light.

Interweaving the science with a background of their history, folklore and changing landscape, Aurora brings together space, place and science in magnificent style. In a journey that takes her through Scandinavia, Canada and Svalbard, culminating in a spectacular solar eclipse, Dr. Melanie Windridge delves into the Northern Lights.

Melanie has had some great feedback on this talk. People enjoy the mix of science with a personal, human story that draws them along.

Fusion Future

Fusion is the reaction that powers the stars – small particles colliding and combining produce huge amounts of energy with no greenhouse gases and no long-lived radioactive waste. This makes fusion the ultimate energy source and scientists have been trying to do it on Earth for decades. But it has so far proved elusive.

Looking at the history and the future of fusion energy, we consider why it has taken so long and how, with new technologies, we may be able to get to fusion faster.


Summiting the Science of Everest

Mount Everest – the ultimate endurance challenge – is a place where science plays a huge part in performance and survival. Dr. Melanie Windridge will tell the story of her own summit attempt and investigates how advances in science and technology enable ordinary people to reach the summit and survive the extremes.




Contact us if you would like Melanie to speak at your event.



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