In many ways, 2016 was the year of outreach. I was an author on three articles for The Conversation, I was in an ECL explainer video for Fairfax Media, I did a long 30-minute interview for radio/podcast Beyond Zero Emissions, as well as other media around big events. I also did a lot better at keeping up with twitter and this blog, with at least one blog post every month (except for April, when I was overseas), while still maintaining the CCRC facebook page. For all this work I was awarded the CCRC prize for science communication & outreach this month, which was fantastic.
Travel-wise, I went to the AMOS conference in February and ARCCSS workshop in November like always, as well as the EGU conference in Vienna in April, which I followed up with a trip to Switzerland to visit universities there. I also became part of the Expert Team for Sector Specific Climate Indices, for which I travelled to Barbados and India to help run workshops on how to use software for analysisng & interpreting climate data, giving presentations about data homogenisation & drought.
As for science, my actual job? Well, I had four first-author papers published this year, with the final paper for my thesis submitted yesterday (yay!) I'm also a coauthor on another paper that got published and one in review, with other collaborations developing that may bear fruit in the new year. My thesis is on track to submit in early January, with only the final edits & checks left to do, and I wrote a grant proposal that I'm waiting to hear back from in the next month or two. Fingers crossed!
Another good year, although it's not always easy to see that when you're dealing with the dislike of Reviewer 2 or kicking yourself for making stupid mistakes when running your model and having to run it all again (my that was annoying). Hopefully 2017 brings me nice examiners who love my thesis, and some sort of awesome job so I can keep doing science. I guess we'll have to wait and see.