Dr. Erika von Schneidemesser, Project Leader

Dr Erika von Schneidemesser received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 2009 from the Environmental Chemistry and Technology Program, with a specialisation in atmospheric chemistry. She did a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Leicester, UK investigating air pollution and air quality and climate change feedbacks, with a focus on urban areas. From 2011-2012 she was an American Association for the Advancement of Science & Technology Policy Fellow, at the US National Science Foundation working on the issues of international collaboration. She joined the IASS in 2012.


Seán Schmitz, Research Associate and PhD candidate

Seán Schmitz joined the ClimPol (Climate Change and Air Pollution) team officially as of 2018 as a research associate. Though a new member, he previously began his work with ClimPol early in 2017 as an intern working on documenting science-policy engagement case studies for use in a science-policy training workshop for early-career scientists. Several months later he returned to complete his Master’s thesis on perceptions of air quality in Potsdam. Now he is continuing his work in the fields of air quality, climate change, and mobility with ClimPol as a research associate, while furthering his education as a PhD candidate at the University of Potsdam.

Since his PhD (2004 -2008 at the Technical University of Vienna and the University of Aveiro), Alexandre has strived to look at the complex issue of air pollution from different perspectives: researching from the molecular level of the chemical composition of aerosols to the observation of black carbon sources from space; from atmospheric dispersion modeling, risk or indoor air quality analysis to developing environmental software for impact assessments. ClimPol is about air pollution, climate change, and mobility and is where he feels he can contribute best towards measures that improve people's lives.



Dr. Julia Schmale, Former Project Leader

The atmospheric scientist Dr Julia Schmale worked at the IASS from May 2012 to October 2014. In the summers of 2013 and 2014 she took snow samples in Kyrgyzstan. She is now at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland.


Friderike Kuik, PhD Student 

Friderike Kuik was a PhD student at the IASS and the Intitute for Physics and Astronomy of the University of Potsdam. She studied physics in Marburg and Potsdam before specialising in climate psysics for her masters´s in Potsdam. Her master´s thesis on modelling soot concentrations in South Africa was also completed at the IASS and submitted in 2014. Friderike also worked as a trainee at the European Commission´s Joint Research Centre in Brussels.


Rebecca Kutzner, Research Associate

Rebecca Kutzner studied geosciences at the University of Potsdam (2012) and went on to gain a dual Master´s in Global Change: Ecosystem Science and Policy from University College Dublin and Justus Liebig University in Gießen (2013). During her studies she gained practical experience at the Environmental Protection Agency in Ireland, where she worked on the management of wetlands, emissions and stakeholder engagement in the Climate Change department. Rebecca came to the IASS in 2014 and has been gaining more experience of cooperation on air pollution with public authorities at various political levels.


Laura Weiand, Research Associate

Laura Weiand joined ClimPol in 2016 and holds a bachelor in Environmental Science from the University of Plymouth and a Masters in Ecology from the University of Bremen. She conducted her honors project in Indonesia, on anthropogenic drivers that regulate the marine ecosystem. Her research activities within the ClimPol project examine ways in which science communication and public participation can be used to enhance perceptions of air quality. Before joining the IASS, Laura led a socio-ecologic research project in West Papua and developed an environmental awareness program to improve capacity building and mitigate environmental pollution.



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