Dr Melanie Windridge is a plasma physicist, speaker and writer… with a taste for adventure.
She has a PhD in plasma physics (fusion energy) from Imperial College London where she remains an academic visitor, and has worked in education with the Ogden Trust, Anturus and Your Life. She is Communications Consultant for privately-funded fusion company Tokamak Energy and Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Fusion Industry Association, working to accelerate the development of fusion as a clean energy source for the future. She is currently Vice President of the prestigious Alpine Club.
Melanie’s personal projects combine science with adventure. Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights investigates the science of the aurora against a backdrop of travel that also illuminates the places, the landscapes and the stories. In 2018 Melanie climbed Mount Everest, filming and writing to tell the story of the science that gets us to the summit and producing a YouTube series for the Institute of Physics.
A regular public speaker, Melanie has addressed audiences at wide-ranging events. She has made countless television, radio and podcast appearances, both in the UK and abroad, including programmes for the BBC and National Geographic Channel. She has written articles for the Sunday Times magazine, Forbes, Physics World, Trail and more.
Melanie is interested in the notion of ‘impossibles’ – grand challenges once seen as impossible but attainable through investigation, ingenuity and grit – such as the race to the poles, Everest, space and fusion energy. Melanie believes that science and exploration go hand in hand.