Renuka Badhe

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EducationSouthern Ocean phytoplankton physiology
OccupationExecutive secretary
AwardsSCAR Certificate of Excellence,APECS International Mentorship Award

Renuka Badhe is the executive secretary of the European Polar Board and has been working in polar science since 2002.

Early life and education

She holds a PhD on Southern Ocean phytoplankton physiology, and has a background in land economy and environmental sciences. Renuka currently works with the European Polar Board as their Executive Secretary[1], and has previously worked with organisations such as the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)[2], the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Student Conference on Conservation Science at the University of Cambridge.

Career and impact

She is interested in promoting polar research to wide audiences[3][4] using a variety of traditional and non-traditional communication tools, using both talks and online media[5]. Renuka has served on many scientific and advisory boards[6], both as a member and as Chair[7]. Renuka advocates for diversity in science, and has been invited to speak on this issue frequently.[8][9][10]

Awards and Honors

She has been recognized for her efforts in the community, some of her awards are SCAR Certificate of Excellence (2016), the APECS Mentor Award (2017)[11], being recognized as a Bicentennial Ambassador[12] by the New York Academy of Sciences (2017).


  1. "Secretariat". European Polar Board. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  2. Nash, Rosemary. "SCAR Secretariat". SCAR. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  3. "2019 Speakers | SOTM2019". Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  4. "Keynote Speakers — KU Leuven congressen". Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  5. Jan 25, Payal Gwalani | TNN |; 2013; Ist, 01:56. "To counter shortage of qualified teachers, the environmental science department of Institute of Science has contacted some of its highly placed alumni who have started taking lectures through video conferencing. Renuka Badhe, a scientist working at UK's Cambridge University has already taken a few lectures. The experiment is all set to take up a more formidable shape with the state government agreeing to back the plan financially. - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2020-07-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. "Executive Committee Members | Arctic Observing Summit". Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  7. "EU-PolarNet: External Expert Advisory Board". Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  8. "Speakers". Plan A. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  9. "Women's Perspectives on Polar Research: Panel and Luncheon at POLAR 2018 Conference - IARPC". Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  10. "Keynote Speakers — KU Leuven congressen". Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  11. "Dr. Renuka Badhe receives 2017 APECS International Mentorship Award". European Polar Board. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  12. "A Special Thanks to our Bicentennial Ambassadors".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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