"I'm so grateful to work in fields that interest, excite and inspire me!"

Melanie loves the outdoors, especially the mountains, so in the winter she always tries to make time to ski and in the summer to walk and climb.  As well as the UK and Europe, she has trekked in Nepal and Peru, and climbed in the Himalayas, South America and Africa.  She also enjoys scuba diving and sailing, though does have a tendency to get seasick!

On a more regular basis at home she enjoys running, yoga and countryside walks.  She plays the guitar, loves dancing and never seems to find enough time to read everything she wants.  She speaks fairly fluent French, basic Spanish and a bit of Norwegian.



PhD in Plasma Physics from Imperial College London
MSc in Physics from Bristol University
PADI Advanced Diver
RYA Competent Crew (sailing)
OPAL French Proficiency



– Imperial College London – academic visitor in the Plasma Physics group
– Institute of Physics – member of the Plasma Physics Group, Science Communicators group and Women in Physics group
– Director of Strategic Operations of the Fusion Industry Association
– Vice President of the Alpine Club 2019/2020.
– Founder ambassador of the Your Life campaign and a STEM ambassador
– Trustee of Edirisa UK, set up in 2005, which supports communities and education in Uganda



If you are a student wondering how I got into physics and the work that I do, read the Week in the Working World blog I wrote for Alcester Grammar School’s Life magazine. I don’t have a normal week, so it’s more a story of how I came to be doing what I do.


skiing ⋄ mountains ⋄ science ⋄ green ⋄ classical literature ⋄ sunny mornings ⋄ dancing ⋄ apples ⋄ singing ⋄ tea ⋄ space