Judith Maréchal

 judith_marechal [at] hotmail.fr


  • Science writer 
  • Specialized in polar and mountain environments and livelihoods
  • Lead research in Greenland on local traditional knowledge
  • Experienced with UN and intergovernmental processes


Professional experience

2016: CNRS / Musée de l’Homme - Paris, France

Writing, translations and project editing: Compiling and editing the contributions of Indigenous experts to a publication on Local Indigenous Knowledge, Climate Change and knowledge coproduction, to be published in collaboration with UNESCO.

2014/2016: International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Communication Consultant – Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Research, science writing and project editing for The Himalayan Climate and Water Atlas, Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in Five of Asia’s Major River Basins, launched at a UNEP side-­‐event in Paris, at COP21. Communicating core findings from four years of research by the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP)
  • Event management: international workshops and conferences in Kathmandu and Dhulikhel, Nepal


2012 / 2014: GRID-­‐Arendal, Polar and Cryosphere Division, Polar Research Assistant - Arendal, Norway - Hosting the Many Strong Voices Programme, for people of the Arctic and Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

  • Research, science writing and project editing for the publication Time to Act – to reduce Short-­‐Lived Climate Pollutants, with CCAC and UNEP-­‐DTIE
  • Copyediting for the report The Last Straw, Food Security in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and the additional burden of climate change, with ICIMOD for HICAP
  • Post-­‐production and editing of Snowy OWL Talks videos (with UArctic)


2011/2012: Proofreading of PhD Theses

  • in Anthropology on Greenlandic Culture and Education, by Jean-­‐Michel Huctin, supervised by Professor Pascal Dibie 
  • in Public Law on Outer Continental Margin Delimitation, by Bjørn Kunoy, supervised by Professor Alain Pellet


2011: Base Océans - Expedition “DeepSea Under the Pole” (Master’s degree internship)

  • Research and science writing for web-­‐based outreach to the general public on Arctic environment
  • Development of an international networking database for scientific partnerships


2009/2011: Sorosoro Programme for the Protection of Word Languages (Fondation Chirac) - Paris, France

  • Science writing and communication: managing the website, social media and communication tools (English, French and Spanish)
  • Coordination of the team, including postproduction of short linguistic documentary films
  • Event management: organization, logistics and coordination of events and conferences


2007/2009: UNESCO, Programme of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors - Paris, France

  • Institutional communication on the Programme´s webpage of the UNESCO website: writing, translating and publishing (English, French, Spanish)
  • Event management for ceremonies and conferences in UNESCO headquarters, Paris, including the nomination ceremony of Pr. Jean Malaurie



Translations (French, English, Spanish)

2012: "Arctic issues: environment, society and heritage", A. Andreasen, J.M. Huctin, Inter-­‐Nord, 2011

2010: Webpage of Arctic Anthropologist Professor Jean Malaurie

2009/2010: French-­‐Greenlandic film “Inuk"; interviews and subtitles

2007: Speech of Jean Malaurie for his designation ceremony in UNESCO

2007: Web site of the Kim Foundation International for children victims of war

2005: Peruvian legal archives for a documentary on Maria Reiche and the lines of Nazca





Arctic Environmental Engineering (Certificate) (Arctic Technology Center (ARTEK) - DTU, Sisimiut, Greenland)


Solid Waste Management (Certificate) (UNESCO - IHE Institute for Water Education)


The Biology of Water and Health - Sustainable Interventions (verified Certificate) (Tufts University, Open Education Consortium - through edX)

Introduction to the Treatment of Urban Sewage (verified Certificate) (Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft U. of Technology - through edX)


Master in Arctic Studies (Sustainable Development and Environmental Sciences) (UVSQ, France (Magna cum laude))


Environmental Studies (Certificate) (Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom (with Honours))


Last revision: April 2018