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Early career scientist representatives

Early career scientists (ECS) make up a significant proportion of the EGU membership and it’s important to us that your voices get heard. One way to do this is to get in touch with your early career scientists representative, or better yet, volunteering to get involved in your division/programme group.

Union-level ECS representative

While each of the division early career scientists representatives gather feedback from early career scientists in their fields, the Programme Committee representative gathers information from each of the division representatives and takes it to the EGU’s Programme Committee – the group responsible for organising the EGU’s annual General Assembly.

Stephanie Zihms

I am a postdoc in geomechanics and fracture flow at Heriot-Watt University (UK) but I have a multi-disciplinary background ranging from soils science to fluid transport.

As Union wide ECS representative I’m planning to continue the work in strengthening the position of ECS within the EGU community by ensuring the positive collaboration between Division ECS continues. In addition I want to work on involving the ECS community in programme design and hosting of events of particular interest for ECS not only for the GA but throughout the year as well.

Stephanie Zihms

Division/Programme group representatives

Early career scientists representatives are the vital link between the Union and its early career scientists membership. They give a voice to early career researchers in the Earth planetary and space sciences and ensure their needs are met at the Assembly, and throughout the year. If you have any questions, comments, thoughts or ideas for the next Assembly, don’t hesitate to get in touch with them, they’d love to hear from you!

Fernando Iglesias-Suarez

Postdoctoral scientist at CSIC (Department of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate, Institute of Physical Chemistry Rocasolano, Spain). I am a climate scientist with interests in tropospheric and stratospheric chemical, radiative and dynamical processes, understanding links and interactions with other parts of the Earth system, and developing and using Earth System Models to address the scientific challenges of global change. As the AS Division ECS representative, I would like to continue former representatives’ efforts on building a strong ECS network (intra- and interdivision) and improve our experience at the EGU General Assembly

Fernando Iglesias-Suarez

Pierre-Antoine Dessandier

Postdoctoral scientist at CAGE (Centre for Arctic Gaz Hydrate, Environment and climate, University of Tromsø, Norway). Research focused on the ecology of benthic foraminifera and their use as proxy of environmental conditions and paleo-climates. PhD done at University of Bordeaux, France. Current work based on the reconstruction of paleo-emission of Methane in the Arctic. I want to build a strong network of ECS scientists working on biogeosciences and encourage the exchanges between the BG ECS members and the other ECS teams. I also want to encourage the members to promote their science and their ideas on the EGU blogs as well as on the other platforms. Follow the news about methane research on twitter.

Pierre-Antoine Dessandier

Carole Nehme

Carole is lecturer in physical geography at the University of Rouen (France) since September 2016 with expertise in limestone geomorphology, cave monitoring and palaeoclimate reconstruction from geochemical proxys. A former postdoc fellow at the AMGC research group, Vrije Universiteit Brussels and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, she worked on the reconstruction of past climate in the Levant from geochemical proxys in speleothems. In her new role as the Climate Division ECS representative, Carole with her team hopes to build a strong ECS network in climate and contribute to making the EGU General Assembly a fruitful experience for ECS.

Carole Nehme

Emma Smith

Emma is a post-doc at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Germany, using geophysical methods to investigate ice dynamics Antarctica. She completed her Ph.D. at The British Antarctic Survey and University of Cambridge in 2016 and is interested in all things icy and geophysical. Emma got involved in the EGU through the EGU Cryosphere blog, which she has been a chief Editor of for the past 2 years, she tweets as @emma_c_smith.

Emma Smith

Anita Di Chiara

Anita is currently a research technician at the Lancaster Environmental Centre of Lancaster University (UK), researching the palaeoclimate evolution from the late Pleistocene to the Holocene on African sediments using rock magnetism and the Earth’s magnetic field behaviour. She is a geologist and geophysicist with interest in rock magnetism and palaeomagnetism applications to date and correlate volcanic deposits, reconstruct rotation patterns in mega-faults and palaeo-oceanic crust, and understand the origin, evolution and behaviour of the Earth’s Precambrian and Pleistocene-Holocene magnetic field.

As the EMRP ECS representative, Anita plans to bring more networking opportunities between ECS and job makers. She hopes to introduce a new platform in support of mental health for ECS and to raise the visibility of LGBTI+ and underrepresented categories within ECS (gender, disability, ethnicity..).

Anita Di Chiara

Natalie Christine Nakaten

Natalie is a postdoctoral researcher at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences (Section Fluid Systems Modelling) in Potsdam, Germany. She is an economic geographer by background and focused on techno-economic process modelling. Her research interests are mainly related to the topics Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) as well as gas and energy storage.

As ERE-ECS representative, Natalie aims to motivate ECSs to take part in ERE division activities and hereby strengthen the interchange of scientific knowledge and experiences.

Natalie Christine Nakaten

Christoph Stasch

Christoph works as research associate and consultant at 52°North, a non-profit research organisation in the field of applied geoinformatics. His focus is on simplifying the integration of sensors and processing modules (e.g. environmental simulation models) in spatial information infrastructures and GIS applications. As ESSI ECS representative, Christoph hopes to strengthen the network of ECS in the ESSI division. Interested in participating? Then get in touch with the network or Christoph directly.

Christoph Stasch

Mathis Bloßfeld

Mathis is a postdoctoral reasearch associate at the Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut der Technischen Universität München (DGFI-TUM). His main research topics are reference frames, satellite laser ranging, precise orbit determination of near-Earth satellites and the combination of space geodetic techniques. With his research, Mathis wants to push Geodesy beyond the provision of geodetic measurement time series towards a multi-disciplinary science including the interpretation of the observed Earth system changes. As an ECS Representative, he tries to accomplish that new EGU attendees easily find their way through the EGU tangle. He also works together with Katrin Bentele (TU Graz) on stenghtening the G division social media appearance.

Mathis Bloßfeld

Nicholas Schliffke

Nico is a PhD student in Geophysics at Durham University, England. He is working on numerical modelling of subduction and collision zone dynamics and on how to ideally link dynamical models with petrological software to understand both the effects of dynamics on magmatism, and, vice versa. As an ECS representative, he is working towards strengthening the link between neighbouring divisions and firmly establishing the recently introduced Geodynamics events at the EGU General Assembly. He would like to understand EGU’s internal structure and explore where ECS participation is desirable and effective.

Nicholas Schliffke

Fabio Tosti

Fabio is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Engineering, Roma Tre University, where he focuses on the application of non-destructive testing methods in Civil Engineering. He looks forward to representing as many ECS as possible in the field of geosciences instrumentation and data systems within the EGU and to promoting interesting and fruitful exchanges of knowledge.

Fabio Tosti

Michael Dietze

Micha is a post doctoral researcher at the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ Potsdam. He works in the Geomorphology section and is focused on Environmental Seismology, i.e., exploiting the seismic signals emitted by Earth surface processes to detect, locate, track and quantify the processes that shape our planet. He contributed to the EGU conference by organising/co-convening several sessions and has served as representative of the German Young Geomorphologists a few years ago.

Michael Dietze

Evgenia Ilyinskaya

Evgenia is a tenure-track academic fellow at the University of Leeds in the UK. She specialises in emissions of gases and aerosol from active volcanoes, with the overarching aim of monitoring volcanic activity and its impact on the environment and the atmosphere. Her fieldwork-intense research includes working in Iceland, Central America, Hawaii, Antarctica, and Asia. The ECS GMPV team will lead science communication and outreach within the division, encourage interaction between scientists of all levels, and promote EGU ECS activities.

Evgenia Ilyinskaya

Nilay Dogulu

Nilay is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Water Resources Laboratory, Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. She has an interdisciplinary background on engineering and social science aspects of flood risk management. Her particular research interests include application of data-driven modelling techniques along with computational statistics methods for hydrological predictions as well as quantification of associated uncertainty.

Nilay has been actively involved in the Young Hydrologic Society (younghs.com) since 2014 and is the current chair. She hopes to further contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth of the EGU HS division by fostering the active participation and integration of ECSs and the hydrologic science community globally through initiating and supporting inspirational and intelligent ideas in line with the emerging needs of ECSs.

Nilay Dogulu

Raffaele Albano

Raffaele is a postdoctoral research focusing mainly on flood risk modeling and management. As the Natural Hazard (NH) Division Representative for early career scientists (ECS), his key responsibility is to encourage the involvement, the active participation and connection between ECS and with the NH Division.

Raffaele Albano

Igor Da Silva Rocha Paz

Igor is in the final year of his PhD thesis at Ecole des Ponts ParisTech on hydrometeorology. His focus is on rainfall nowcasts using the multifractal theory applied to weather radar data. As ECS Representative, he aims to enhance the participation of the ECSs in the NP division activities, make their voices heard by the scientific community and improve their interaction with each other.

Igor Da Silva Rocha Paz

Gwyn Evans

Gwyn is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southampton, UK. His work focuses on measuring the interactions between mesoscale eddies and the western boundaries of ocean basins as part of the MerMEED project. As EGU’s Ocean Sciences ECS representative, Gwyn plans to further promote the EGU early career platform through outreach and ECS events to ensure that as many ECSs from all backgrounds have access to the same range of resources. He is keen to encourage the development of a diverse (gender, disability, ethnicity and LGBT) ECS community. Gwyn also hopes to introduce into the ECS platform at EGU discussion of and support for mental health in academia.

Gwyn Evans

Maike Neuland

I am a physicist/space scientist. I am currently a PhD at the University of Bern/Switzerland (Physics Institute, Space Research and Planetary Sciences division). In my PhD I worked on in situ laser mass spectrometry for planetary exploration. I will finish the PhD this months and stay in Bern as a PostDoc until November. Then I will start a PostDoc at IRF (Swedish Institute for Space Physics) in Kiruna/Sweden, working on the JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) mission, more detailed on the JNA (Jupiter Neutral Atoms) instrument.

I am very happy that we, the PS ECS, are (already) a small active team. We organise workshops, short courses and small contests, not only at the EGU GA, but also at other conferences related to space science (European Planetary Science Congress, for example).

Maike Neuland

Nienke Blom

Nienke is a seismologist who works on imaging the Earth’s interior based on the vibrations emitted as a result of earthquakes. She is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge and works on seismic waveform tomography, with a specific interest in developing methods to image density. She enjoys reading a good book, hiking, cycling, and cooking.

As ECS rep, she works towards outreach to the community and beyond, and integration and communication between disciplines. In this light, she collaborates with the TS and GD divisions to set up a series of short courses on the “Solid Earth 101,” aimed at early career students and with a specific focus on integration between disciplines. This builds upon the EGU short course “Seismology for non-seismologists,” which she’s already helped organise for the past couple of years.

Nienke Blom

Alena Ebinghaus

I’m currently a post-doc based at the University of Aberdeen (since 2014), researching Paleogene to Neogene sedimentary and plant ecological response patterns to major environmental events, such as rapid climate warming and volcanism. My focus is on clastic continental depositional systems, in particular fluvial and lacustrine deposits. As a SSP ECS I’m looking forward to hear about any comments or suggestions related to SSP activities, and if you want to get involved please do to get in touch.

Alena Ebinghaus

Steffen Schweizer

Steffen is in his last year of PhD at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. His work focuses on the formation and composition of soil microaggregates, especially analyzing spatial distribution patterns of organic matter at the microscale.

As an ECS representative, he aims to create more interdisciplinary links between different subdivisions and stay in touch with other divisions. To achieve this together with a bunch of great people, Steffen is actively involved in organizing science-policy debates, enable more creative community actions like stickers, and sustaining the opportunity for all soil-related ECS to meet informally over dinner and a beer. By exchanging ideas with various soil science societies, Steffen thinks it is very important for the global soil science community to connect the dots and put complex environmental systems like soils in the center of our scientific efforts. If you have enthusiastic ideas about the SSS division do not hesitate to get in touch with him.

Steffen Schweizer

Theresa Rexer

Theresa Rexer

Anouk Beniest

Anouk is in her last year her PhD. She works on continental break-off processes at a lithosphere scale using numerical and analogue modelling. As the TS ECS Division Representative she’d like to motivate people to join activities and become involved in the community. She is very lucky with the TS team and hopes more people get enthusiastic.

Anouk Beniest