The 2018 Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists is awarded to Anja Schmidt for ground-breaking research in the field of volcanology and on the impacts of volcanic eruptions.
Anja Schmidt is an exceptionally talented interdisciplinary early career scientist who uses her geological knowledge to create new insights into volcanic processes and the environmental impacts of eruptions. Since her PhD she has made ground-breaking insights into volcanic processes producing 30 highly cited peer-reviewed publications in the most prestigious journals. Her interdisciplinary research has brought together academics from a wide range of fields, from volcanology to atmospheric chemistry. She has also made major contributions to policy-making regarding volcanic risks, and dedicated herself to the communication of science to the general public. For these reasons, and in the face of very stiff competition, she is awarded the Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists.