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Fellow stories

What do our fellows have to say about the trainings organized by HUC? Let’s
hear them in their own words.

Dr Lubna Naz

Assistant Professor, Economics, Institute of Business Administration
Karachi, Pakistan

It has been a great experience to be a part of HUC in the capacity of an instructor, collaborator, and team lead on the Climate Risk TWG in Pakistan. The network provides excellent opportunities in research and training to young, early-career researchers, especially women scholars, to engage in evidence-based research on environmental issues in Asia. Given the escalating climate change threats in the region, the network is doing a great job in connecting scientists, strengthening collaborations, and promoting indigenous knowledge.

Lubna has been involved in the following activities:

  • Participated in the HUC summer school ‘Bringing meaning to statistical practice in climate science using R’ as an instructor/facilitator with Ted Shepherd, Grantham Professor of Climate Science at the University of Reading, on 18–26 August 2021.
  • Participated in the HUC members' meeting held on 30 December 2021 in Islamabad, Pakistan, in the capacity of HUC representative of the Climate Risk TWG in Pakistan and presented the vision and scope of HUC activities in Pakistan.
  • Attended several virtual meetings with Ted Shepherd (held between 2021 and 2022) in collaboration with HUC to develop a concept note on climate risk study for Pakistan.
  • Engaged as a co-lead on the Climate Risk TWG in Pakistan since 2021.



Dr Wishfully Mylliemngap

HUC Fellow 2018, Scientist
G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment
North-East Regional Centre, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India

My experience at the academy has not just helped me apply knowledge in real life scenarios and but has persuaded us to work with passion for the welfare of climate change vulnerable communities of the HKH.

Since the 2018 HUC Academy, I have been working dedicatedly to improve my communication and leadership skills. I have been organizing training programmes at my institution and have given presentations at various national and international events. Learning from sessions on scientific writing, I have conducted a session on the basics of scientific writing at our institute for students and research scholars from local colleges, universities, and research institutes. The academy has helped me boost my confidence, accept feedback positively, and effectively coordinate with project partners.



Mr Iqtidar Hussain

HUC Fellow 2018, Lecturer
Department of Environmental Sciences, KIU Gilgit Pakistan

I feel that my highest achievement from the HUC course was the chance to build strong networks.

Through this academy, I connected with some renowned research scientists from different countries in the field of climate science and adaptation. This opportunity also led to the formation of a partnership between Karakoram International University (KIU) and ICIMOD for research on Pakistan’s glaciers.

Through the contacts developed from HUC trainings, I received and completed my research project through a mobility grant at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. I have currently resumed work at the Department of Environmental Science KIU.



Ms Zainab Khalid

HUC Fellow 2018, PhD Scholar
College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University, China

My participation gave me an immediate sense of belonging and helped me discover my passion for research in the Himalaya.

Being a fellow of the HUC Academy helped strengthen my theoretical base, and the fieldwork immensely enhanced my research skills. I became mindful of minute details like the weather and culture when planning for fieldwork. The academy also allowed me to practice the art of effective communication, ethical interaction, and patient listening. All this prepared me for when I set out to collect qualitative data for my own PhD. I could comfortably manage working alone in the field for more than two months in the Western Himalaya, Pakistan.

I must say that being an HUC fellow helped me a great deal in my professional and personal life. Luckily, I found this platform at the start of my professional career. I connected with the right people whose work guided me in my own research and motivated me to produce quality work myself.