Natural Hazards

Meet and greet with the Natural hazards Early career scientists Team – NhET

Meet and greet with the Natural hazards Early career scientists Team – NhET
Do you know that there is a Natural Hazards team of clever, fun and friendly early career scientists? This team takes care of the blog you are reading (and we hope enjoying) and organises and helps with sessions, short courses and great debates during the EGU General Assembly. Moreover, we created a network of early to mid-career scientists from different disciplines and backgrounds of the Natural Hazards that serves as support and contact point. Do you need someone with skills in sociology, modelling or experimental background? We got you covered! But let’s leave the stage to the team members so that you can get to know them a bit better, and you never know; maybe we’ll inspire you to join us. Know that you are always very welcome!


Silvia De Angeli

Dr Silvia De Angeli

I am an environmental engineer. I currently work as a Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Genoa in Italy, investigating multi-hazard and water-related risk assessment for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

Being a researcher in the field of disaster risk reduction is motivating and stimulating because of its multidisciplinarity. I always have a chance to learn something new, even from other disciplines different from engineering, and embrace new fascinating perspectives.

Being involved in the NH ECS Team has been a great personal and career opportunity for me. I had a chance to join a group of researchers from different disciplines, allowing me to expand my perspectives further and collaborate and share knowledge fruitfully. Inside the Team, I am currently involved in the organisation of the outreach activities, including seminars and workshops.

When I do not apply risk models, I binge-watch on Netflix, learn piano, and sing in a band.

Risk assessment and rock ‘n roll!


Asimina Voskaki

Asimina Voskaki

I am a geologist and an environmental specialist and currently a PhD student at Cranfield University in the UK, working on analysing the risk of climate hazards to the airport systems. Besides my academic path, I support the International Group of the UK Civil Aviation Authority in improving aviation standards worldwide.

Although delivering two roles simultaneously is exhausting, my research helps me keep my sanity and keeps me motivated. It gives me a purpose; developing a tool to support the aviation industry to become more climate-resilient.

For more than a year now, I have been part of the NH ECS Team and an active member of the Editorial Team for the Natural Hazards Division Blog. This has been an exciting opportunity so far as it provides the chance to meet like-minded individuals, try new things, learn, share knowledge, and expand your horizons.

I love travelling and exploring new places and cultures; travelling offers unique experiences and enhances my creativity.


Giulia Roder

Dr Giulia Roder

I graduated in forestry, but I have obtained a PhD in flood dynamics in floodplains and mountainous environments. In its scarcity and excess, water has always been the focus of my research career, exploring the environment and the social and economic factors interrelated to it. Currently, I am a postdoc researcher at the University of Udine (Italy). Still, also I serve as a research consultant at the United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability in Tokyo.

The interdisciplinary nature of my research is what intrigues me most, along with the capacity to create multidimensional solutions for the well-being of communities and their economies when disasters strike. Combining multiple resources, ideas, and visions attracted me in 2017 to join the NH ECS Team. Despite being involved in many of the activities of the Team, I am one of the oldest bloggers. The possibility to interview professionals and share their passions, learn new technological and modelling advancements continue to be the engine of my passion for science communication. Bridging people to science needs continuous effort and renovation, so our commitment with the blog.

I love hiking in the mountains because I like the idea that after a hard climb, there is a wonderful panorama.


Paulo Hader

Paulo Hader

I am an environmental engineer passionate about geosciences. This year I completed an MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering at São Paulo State University in Brazil, where I studied landslide prediction using machine learning. Currently, I am working on a research proposal for a PhD position in topics that are my career inspiration, such as landslide prediction, climate change, earth observation and machine learning.

Investigating the repercussions of climate change on natural processes is a topic that fascinates me, mainly because it is comprehensive and permeates related areas outside of my scope. Moreover, I believe this is a crucial topic to improve prediction strategies by early warning systems to avoid disasters.

Almost a year ago, I had the privilege to join the NH ECS team, and since then, I have been involved in blog activities and proposal preparation for ECS visibility. It is very rewarding to develop ideas and contribute effectively alongside such talented and committed colleagues, which is a huge career opportunity. 

I love travelling, immersing myself in the culture of the countries I visit and appreciating their landscapes. In my spare time, I am a crossfitter, language learner, watch Netflix series and venture into cooking as well.


Francisco Cáceres

Dr Francisco Cáceres

I graduated in Geology in Santiago, Chile, and I did my PhD in Volcanology in Munich, Germany. I am currently a postdoc at LMU Munich. I study degassing and crystallisation processes in magmas from an experimental point of view to understand the fundamental processes that drive volcanic eruptions and especially the explosive ones.

Besides focusing my career on experimental work, I have always been interested in Natural Hazards and how communities respond to these events and science communication. Following these two lines, I joined the NH ECS Team in 2017 as a blog editor, where I was part and contributed for a couple of years until a pause.

Now, coming back to the team, I expect to continue contributing to communicating science from different aspects of volcanic hazards and natural hazards in general.

I love photography, particularly black and white and bouldering. I also enjoy hiking and cooking a lot.


Shreya Arora

Dr Shreya Arora

I am a paleoseismologist who studies past earthquakes to determine the potential of future ones. I did my PhD in Active Tectonics and Paleoseismology from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), where I extensively worked along the Himalayas towards the Seismic Hazard Assessment. Changing gears from there, currently, I am a postdoc researcher at the Geological Survey of Japan, where I work along the un-ruptured fault segment of the 1896 Rikuu earthquake (M7.2).

I have developed a passion for earthquake research from a very young age. Growing in northern India and experiencing multiple tremors of the Himalayan earthquakes motivated me towards this research. The impacts of natural hazards are obvious, and it is more important than ever to disseminate the research findings to wider audiences. With this goal in mind, I joined the NH ECS team, and since then, I have been actively involved in the blog activities. 

Alongside research and science communication, I am a marathon runner and a passionate photographer. 


Gabriele Amato

Dr Gabriele Amato

I’m a postdoc researcher in engineering geology at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) since May 2021. My research interests span from remote sensing to natural hazards and geomorphology. In 2017, I obtained a PhD at Roma Tre University (Italy) on landslide monitoring through satellite and on-site techniques. During my PhD, I spent some months at GRID-IT company in Innsbruck (Austria) to get experience in automatic mapping procedures and optical remote sensing applications. Afterwards, at IFAC-CNR of Florence (Italy), I deepened my knowledge on geostatistics of natural hazards, especially for landslide susceptibility analyses using machine learning techniques.

I joined the NH ECS Team in 2017 as a blog author. The experience in the NH blog team allowed me to enrich my professional network and meet new colleagues from all over the world. Thanks to such experience, I had the possibility to establish new interesting collaborations, improve my visibility and discover stimulating job opportunities.


Valeria Cigala

Dr Valeria Cigala

I work as a postdoc in experimental and physical volcanology at LMU Munich, Germany. I investigate how starting or source conditions, for example, the geometry of the volcanic system, affect explosive eruption dynamics. To do so, I combine laboratory experiments and field observations at active volcanoes. Volcanoes have always fascinated me, thus being able to study their dynamics and visit their amazing locations in the world is one of the greatest aspects of working as a volcanologist.

I joined the NhET team in 2016 and I currently act as the ECS Representative for the Natural Hazards Division. Since 2017, together with Giulia, Gabriele and other former ECSs Raffaele Albano, Luigi Lombardo and Jonathan Rizzi we opened the Division blog you are currently reading and -I hope- enjoying!!

Besides my research and geoscience community activity, I really enjoy hiking. I also practise yoga and I love stories, if they include some sci-fi even better!


A few more members joined us recently and are active within the networking environment, stay tuned to meet&greet them too. Would you like to be part of the Team? We also have a Slack workspace that we use to organise these different activities and to network. Drop an email to: ecs-nh@egu.eu


Valeria Cigala is originally from Italy and is currently a postdoc research fellow at LMU Munich. She works on explosive volcanic eruptions and related hazards. She is actively taking part in the realization of the Blog for the Natural Hazard Division of EGU because scientific outreach is important and never enough.

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