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Division on Geomorphology

Early Career Scientists

About two third of all EGU General Assembly participants are Early Career Scientists (ECS). This vital part of the scientific community is what this website is devoted to. Through the ECS representatives you can have a voice across the EGU realm. On this website we keep you up to date and inform you about our goals and communication channels.


In 2017 we sent out a call to propose yourself as Geomorphology Early Career Representative candidate for the 2017-2018 EGU period. Below you can find a list of the candidates from which we received a proposal. Feel free to read and make up your mind. We will have a decision on the candidates during the 2018 GM Division Meeting. 

  1. Dr. Andrea Madella


    University of Bern / Universty of Tübingen

    My Background

    I am a tectonic geomorphologist, I have been studying at University of Milan and University of Bern, where I concluded my PhD this autumn. I will be based at University of Tübingen from January 2018 on, where as a Postdoc I will investigate the surface expressions of seaward-concave subduction zone geometry.

    My Motivation

    I have been enjoying and benefiting from the EGU annual meeting ever since 2013. I am very happy with the way things go in the union and now I feel like I am ready to get my hands dirty. This is a first step and the least I can do in order to give back what I received, to preserve the good job and to look for possible improvements. I look forward to do my share with an open-minded and social spirit.

  2. Dr. Michael Dietze 


    GFZ Potsdam

    My Background

    I am a geomorphologist with background in geography, geology, pedology and physics. I am PostDoc researcher at the GFZ Potsdam and focusing on environmental seismology, i.e., studying the seismic signals emitted by Earth surface processes to detect, locate and quantify the processes that shape our planet. I contributed to the EGU sessions across topics and served as German Young Geomorphologists Representative as well as the current GM ECS Representative. 

    My Motivation

    It is young researchers that will become the back bone of geomorphology as an Earth science discipline. Consequently, they need optimal ground for building their career. This includes opportunities to i) get in touch with established experts (via the mentoring programme and well-balanced sessions), ii) meet other young researchers within and across disciplines, iii) find tailored workshop opportunities, iv) link with players other than academia, and v) get transparent information from behind the scenes. These goals would be my guidelines as ECS Representative, together with a team of active ECS to collaboratively cover these relevant duties. 

  3. Dr. Annegret Larsen


    Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

    My Background

    I am a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). My research broadly covers sediment transport on hillslopes, fluvial systems and the linkages between them.  Most recently, I am working on biogeomorphic feedbacks in streams and floodplains. I am a member of the EGU since 2010, have (co-) organized several sessions, am part of the women in geoscience network, passionate about diversity in geoscience and at the moment one of two ECS GM division representatives.

    My Motivation

    For me, the EGU annual assembly has always been eye-opening and inspiring because of the cumulative knowledge present, but also due to hands-on workshops, which originate mostly in the ECS community. The mixture of both is what seals the deal for me, and hence Micha and I have actively supported the submission of workshop proposals. I see Geomorphology as an integrative science, which is also reflected in my research, and so should be the scientific community. One foundation of being integrative is efficient communication between all academics, young and old, with which comes transparency and most likely more engagement of members. We have started successfully enhancing communication through emails, blogs, and twitter, have engaged with the group of EGU-ECS-representatives, but also through supporting the creation of world-wide GM-ECS networks and social events at the EGU.


Who we are


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.

annegret.jpg Annegret Larsen

Annegret is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). Her research broadly covers sediment transport on hillslopes, fluvial systems and the linkages between them. Most recently, she is working on biogeomorphic feedbacks in streams and floodplains. Annegret has been (co-) convening several sessions at the EGU annual meeting. Annegret is also part of the women in geoscience network and passionate about diversity in geoscience.

edwin2.png Edwin Baynes

Edwin is a post-doctoral research fellow at Géosciences Rennes in France. His research broadly covers understanding and quantifying the physical processes that drive changes in river morphology, including waterfall erosion, strath terrace formation and the impact of extreme flood events. He can usually be found in the analogue modelling laboratory, or exploring remote field sites in Iceland or New Zealand! Follow Edwin on twitter (@EdwinBaynes) for the latest updates on his work.

eric.jpg Eric Pohl

Eric is a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE) in Paris-Saclay. He works on various aspects of cold region landscapes related to climate change and variability. A central point of his work is the numerical modeling of the hydrological cycle, and the heat transfer from the atmosphere into the ground in permafrost regions. Ultimately, he aims for a better understanding of climate-landscape interactions.

What we do

Channels of outreach