Rebecca Wade

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, Abertay University

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Do what you love, and keep doing it.

What do you do?

I teach and inspire future Environmental Scientists and Civil Engineers. I research sustainable urban and rural water management and explore the multiple benefits we can get from well designed green and blue infrastructure, for climate adaptation, for biodiversity, for health and well-being.

Why did you choose this field?

I have always loved spending time outdoors. I care about managing our land and planet sustainably. During my undergraduate geography degree I realised that by working across STEM (and non-STEM) areas we can deliver better solutions for people and planet.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I will travel to Antarctica with women in STEMM from all over the world (hopefully in 2021). Gaining a place on the Homeward Bound global women in STEM initiative is improving my leadership skills, growing my knowledge and networks, and will give me the opportunity to see first hand some of the climate impacts and climate science in Antarctica.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because I can help change the world for the better.

Best advice for next generation?

Do what you love, and keep doing it.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish and what your potential is.” - Anne Frank

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