April 5, 2017 Melanie Windridge

Aurora wins Rutherford Communication Prize

I’m delighted to announce that I have won another award for Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights.

On Wednesday 5th April 2017, at the IOP Plasma Physics Conference in Oxford, I was presented with the Rutherford Plasma Physics Communication Prize, sponsored by STFC Central Laser Facility.

Melanie Windridge is awarded the Rutherford Plasma Physics Communication Prize by Ceri Brenner.

Melanie Windridge is awarded the Rutherford Plasma Physics Communication Prize by Ceri Brenner.


“The award recognises those who exemplify excellence in outreach to the general public through the communication of plasma physics to those that are non-experts.”

I am a plasma physicist and the aurora is a plasma, so there is plenty about plasmas in my book!

I am a member of the Institute of Physics Plasma Group (as are all recipients of the prize) and it’s wonderful to have my work recognised by the community, especially that it has an impact elsewhere. I didn’t write the book just for scientists. I really wanted to open this beautiful subject up to the general public, particularly to people who may never even have heard of plasma. There is some serious science in the book, woven in with the stories of my travels and the people I met, the art, the history and the culture. I hope this gives people a new appreciation for science in general and plasma in particular.

Aurora.  Picture courtesy of Best Served Scandinavia.

Aurora. Picture courtesy of Best Served Scandinavia.

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Melanie Windridge Dr Melanie Windridge is a plasma physicist, speaker, writer… with a taste for adventure. She has a PhD in fusion energy and is Communications Consultant for fusion start-up Tokamak Energy, as well as working in education with the Ogden Trust, Anturus and Your Life. Melanie loves the mountains and believes science and exploration go hand in hand.

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