Laura Roberts Artal
Communications Officer of the European Geosciences Union
August 2014 – December 2017
Laura Roberts Artal, a British–Spanish citizen, started working at the EGU Executive Office in Munich as the EGU Communications Officer in August 2014. She is responsible for the management of the Union’s social media presence and the EGU blogs, where she writes regularly for the EGU’s official blog, GeoLog. She is also the point of contact for early career scientists (ECS) at the EGU Office.
After graduating from her masters, Laura worked as an environmental consultant at Arcadis, a consultancy for built and natural assets, in their Manchester office. After three years in industry Laura returned to academia. Throughout her PhD, she was heavily involved in outreach and public engagement projects, both at her University and with organisations such as STEM Ambassadors and ScienceGrrl. In addition, alongside a team of PhD students, Laura came runner-up in the EnvironmentYes! competition, designed to develop business awareness and an understanding of entrepreneurship among early career scientists.
Laura’s background is in geology and geophysics. She completed an undergraduate masters degree in geology from the University of Liverpool, UK, in 2007. She has a PhD in geophysics (specialising in palaeomagnetism), also from the University of Liverpool. Her thesis, completed and defended in 2014/2015, focused on the potential for Earth to have a geodynamo in the Archaean.