#vEGU21: meet the new EGU Early Career Scientist Representatives!

#vEGU21: meet the new EGU Early Career Scientist Representatives!

Each year, at the end of the General Assembly, EGU’s volunteers who have come to the end of their terms go through the handover. This year in our Early Career Scientist (ECS) Division Representatives teams, we have nine new members (or members in a new role) joining us to start their terms volunteering to help co-ordinate their Division activities and represent the diverse Early Career researchers who are in their Division.

To help you get to know them, we asked them all to say hello and briefly introduce themselves!


Anita Di Chiara – ECS Union-wide Representative

My background is in geology and paleomagnetism, the study of the Earth’s Magnetic Field variations recorded on rocks to understand its origin and evolution, to reconstruct tectonic rotations and paleoclimatic variations and as dating and correlating tool for volcanics, sediments and archeological sites. The multidisciplinary of my studies allows me to connect with ECS and Senior scientists from different Divisions and the skills acquired while EMRP Division representative, together with my enthusiasm for ECS and EDI topics, will facilitate my dialogue with the ECS and my role as ECS Union-wide representative.


Jenny Turton – Deputy ECS Union-wide Representative

Jenny is a postdoc scientist at Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) in Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. Her main research topics include polar meteorology and climatology, and atmosphere-cryosphere interactions. Currently, her focus is in North East Greenland, to investigate the impacts of the atmosphere on the mass balance of marine-terminating glaciers. Jenny has previously convened short-courses and moderated great debates. Previously, she was the division ECS representative for the Cryospheric Sciences division (CR). With her role as ECS rep, she hopes to continue building bridges between the divisions to help represent ECS who may fall on the boundary between groups, develop career opportunities for ECS and to promote equality throughout EGU. In her spare time, she likes to do sciencey crafts, drink gin and go running. She tweets from @TurtonJ1990.


Janina Nett – Climate: Past, Present & Future Division (Cl)

Janina is a postdoctoral researcher at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. She is deep in the paleoclimatology business with her focus on loess landscapes and luminescence dating. Her mission is to understand past landscapes and how climatic or environmental changes influenced Quaternary sediments. While her PhD studies were mostly consumed by optically stimulated luminescence dating, she is also an expert in geographical information systems, granulometric and geochemical proxies. As her mission involves paleoenvironmental developments, it is no surprise that she is part of a lot of geoarchaeological joint ventures dealing with the relationship between climatic conditions and the migration of early modern human. At EGU she is an enthusiastic and active member of the Outreach Team since 2018. As the CL Representative she builds upon her Outreach Team experience to give a voice to other early career scientists, promote equality and strengthen the ECS network in climate research.


TJ Young – Cryospheric Sciences Division (CR)

TJ Young is currently a postdoctoral researcher based at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), University of Cambridge. His research uses innovative radar methods to help improve our understanding of the dynamic behaviour of ice sheets, with a specific interest in radar polarimetry and how it can measure ice flow-induced fabric anisotropy. As the incoming ECS Representative for the Cryosphere Division, TJ hopes to increase JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, inclusion) activity as well as improve dialogue, both within his division as well as across the wider EGU leadership.


Rebekka Steffen – Geodesy Division (G)

Rebekka is a researcher within geodesy at Lantmäteriet (The Swedish Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authority) and received her PhD from the University of Calgary (Canada). She has a background in geophysics and geology, but has been working in geodesy for many years now. Her research focuses on the modelling of changes in the displacement and crustal stress field due to past and current ice-mass changes. She also works on the development of a European velocity model. As the ECS Rep for the Geodesy division she would like to increase the visibility of Geodesy by reactivating the EGU Geodesy Blog, organize networking events for Geodesy ECSs to give them the chance to connect with each other, and increase the dialogue between different EGU divisions.


Mezgeen Rasol – Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems Division (GI)

Mezgeen is a postdoctoral research fellow at Gustave Eiffel University and involving within the EMGCU-MAST-IFSATTR team in Paris, France. His research work focuses on the assessment of transportation Infrastructure, non-destructive techniques applied to structural damage assessment, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), numerical modelling and data analysis approaches with particular interests in SHM. He participated in various COST ACTIONS, Horizon2020 research projects during his research career experience. As ECS representative he aims to increase the visibility of an active ECS community within the GI Division in several aspects (e.g., webinars, short courses, workshops to bring a discussion on potential future trends and challenges related to the use of instrumentations in the scientific community and expand the possible links with industry. He is also a strong believer in the ECS role in the success strategy of any community. Please, reach out for any collaborations.


Giulia Consuma – Geochemistry Mineralogy Petrology and Volcanology Division (GMPV)

Giulia is a PhD candidate at the University of Bologna. Her research focuses on using a multi-microanalytical approach to unveil the deep mobility of carbon and sulfur in fossil continental subduction zones. As the new ECS representative she aims to promote a stimulating environment by encouraging the ECS community to be actively involved in GMPV. She will put her efforts into balancing the G-M-P-V spheres and will serve as a reference point for early career scientists.


Aayush Srivastava – Geomorphology Division (GM)

Aayush is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of St. Andrews, with background in luminescence dating and aeolian geomorphology. Currently, he is investigating the terraced landscapes in the Mediterranean region in the context of establishing an environmentally sustainable land-use strategy for rural communities. Having benefitted from EGU’s annual meetings in the past, he aims to represent diverse voices of fellow young geomorphologists in the Division’s decision-making processes and activities. Follow him on Twitter (@aayushgeo) for recent updates about his work.


Elena Cristiano – Hydrological Sciences Division (HS)

Elena Cristiano is working as Postdoc Researcher at the University of Cagliari (Italy), in the field of urban hydrology. After completing the PhD at the Technical University of Delft (The Netherlands) on rainfall-runoff modelling and scale interactions, Elena’s research is currently focusing on the implementation of nature-based solutions for flood mitigation, analyzing these tools through an integrated water-energy-food- ecosystem nexus approach. As the new HS-ECS representative, she aims to increase the opportunities for young hydrologic researchers, to support their academic growth, through activities focused on enlarging the network, discussing hydrology and interdisciplinary topics, challenging and obtaining constructive feedback. Especially in this difficult period, where contacts are limited, there is the need of increase and strengthen the network among ECS, to support each other and create and consolidate collaborations.


Maxime Grandin – Solar Terrestrial Division (ST)

Maxime Grandin is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland, within the Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space. He is studying magnetosphere–ionosphere couplings, with a focus on the properties and effects of particle precipitation, using numerical simulations from the Vlasiator model. He is also an advocate of citizen science and has been investigating the newly discovered dune aurora. Besides science, he is passionate about languages, culture, and nature.



Alicia Fantasia – Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP)

Alicia is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Lyon in France. Her research interest lies in the understanding of extreme palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic changes during the Mesozoic. In order to assess their triggering mechanisms and feedback loops she is using a multiproxy approach, which combines fieldwork sessions and laboratory analyses. As SSP ECS representative, she hopes to enable new and fruitful scientific exchange between early career scientists and the other members of the community. She believes it is important to support young scientists in their career and will encourage them to participate in EGU activities.



Elisabet Martínez-Sancho – Biogeosciences(BG)
Eli is a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL Her research focuses on understanding the impact of climate change on tree growth and wood formation and its feedbacks onto terrestrial cycles. She is also strongly involved in gender-equality initiatives. As a new ECS, she hopes to promote and encourage discussions at the  ECS level about relevant topics for our community (e.g., gender equality, mental health, academic path) but also organize campfires of useful topics (e.g., how to improve our code, collaborative platforms, how to publish in biogeosciences). Do not hesitate to contact the BG division if you have a cool idea!! She tweets from @eli_martinezs.





Welcome, and we look forward to working with you all!


If you want to participate in your Division activities, either as an Early Career researcher or as a regular member, why not reach out to your ECS Representative or Division President and ask them how you can get involved!



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Hazel Gibson is Head of Communications at the European Geosciences Union. 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 has a PhD in Geoscience Communication and Cognition from the University of Plymouth in the UK. Hazel tweets @iamhazelgibson.

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