School of Chemistry alumna wins British Council Science and Sustainability Award

Congratulations to alumna Dr Baihuiqian (Vera) He on winning the Science and Sustainability Award as part of the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards in China.

This award recognises individuals who have distinguished themselves through their career and achievements in the world of science and sustainability, shining a light on alumni who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, industries and countries.

Dr Baihuiqian Vera He completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh. She graduated from the School of Chemistry in 2020 with a PhD in Environmental Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Mathew Heal and Professor Stefan Reis (UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology).

Vera is now an atmospheric scientist and co-producer of NoSuchClimate, a chart-topping Chinese speaking podcast on climate and atmospheric sciences which aims to empower and inspire people to combat climate change.

The NoSuchClimate podcast bridges gaps between researchers and the public by stimulating and facilitating discussion. It covers a range of topics over 19 episodes, from the climate impacts of food and food waste, sustainable lifestyles, Greta Thunberg and climate justice to China's carbon neutral target and air pollution histories and issues.

On receiving the award, Vera commented:

“I am so grateful to receive this award and I would like to thank the School of Chemistry where I gained valuable knowledge and skills and both of my PhD supervisors Prof Mat Heal and Prof Stefan Reis who led me to the world of atmospheric science.”

Professor Colin Pulham, Head of the School of Chemistry, congratulated Vera on her achievement through a video message, which was played at the awards ceremony:

“As a student here at the School, you were dedicated to inspiring positive change through the public engagement and sustainability projects in which you participated. We are so delighted that you are continuing to create new ways for people to engage in discussions on global challenges as a graduate of this university. You are a fantastic ambassador for the University of Edinburgh, and the School of Chemistry is immensely proud that you are part of our global alumni community.”

Dr Baihuiqian (Vera) He