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IET Deputy President Danielle George explores the deadly forces behind avalanches

Entitled “Avalanche: Making a Deadly Snowstorm,” the latest BBC Horizon programme will explore the deadly forces behind avalanches and what causes them. In the programme, Danielle leads a team of scientists to investigate whether we will be able to predict avalanches in future.

Danielle and the team travel to the Canadian Rockies to conduct a range of experiments using the latest technologies to monitor an avalanche’s behaviour and test safety equipment designed to save lives. By gaining a better understanding of this sometimes deadly phenomenon, experiments such as these could influence how we build homes and infrastructure in the future. The programme will also feature personal, eye witness accounts from people across the world.

Danielle is a Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, is Vice Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Manchester and is a Deputy President of the IET. Danielle’s research is dedicated to engineering the tools for scientific discovery. She has worked with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) on the development of instrumentation for researchers exploring the Big Bang and is passionate about raising public awareness of the positive impact engineering and science has on our everyday lives.

Danielle is no stranger to appearing on television. In 2014 she presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture and has taken part in BBC Four’s “Rise of the Robots” and in BBC Two’s “Search for a New Earth with the late Professor Stephen Hawking.

Horizon will be broadcast on 18 October 2018 at 9pm on BBC Two and will be available to watch on catch up on BBC iPlayer for UK residents.