Congratulations to David Pyle for winning an MPLS Category 4 Impact Award. Category 4 recognises researchers at any career stage who have achieved significant impact since 1 August 2013 through high-quality public engagement with research activities.
The award was made in recognition of the contribution made by David to the engagement of locally-affected communities in volcano research and the dissemination of those research outputs to a diverse range of public audiences. Last year’s stunning ‘Volcanoes’ exhibition at Bodleian, featuring ancient tomes and manuscripts from the library’s collection, including beautiful artwork and early concepts of deep earth and volcanoes workings, notes and sketches from some of the first volcanologists and explorers and contrasted with modern monitoring and sampling equipment. This was chosen by the Guardian as one of the best art and design exhibitions of 2017.
David is involved in the research collaboration STREVA, which works with communities living in areas of volcanic risk, to boost local understanding and thereby mitigate the risks. Through this project, David and colleagues from the University of East Anglia developed the London Volcano in 2015, and created a new set of Top Trumps, featuring volcanoes from around the world.