Last Update June 20

Here, we present short bio sketches of all participants in alphabetical order. This shall give speakers and fellow participants an idea about the professional backgrounds of the attendees of the forthcoming Potsdam Summer School.

started working at the Turkish Statistical Institute in 2006. Undergoing several stages, he was appointed to his current role on the Turkish Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory in 2015 as an Expert. He has extensive experience in the preparation of the Agriculture sector of the Turkish GHG inventory including cross-cutting topics such as key category analysis and is also responsible for the preparation of the annual press release on GHG emissions statistics. He is a GHG inventory review expert and a review expert for National Communications/Biennial Reports under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Moreover, he actively participated in the UN climate change meetings (SB46, COP23, SB48, COP24, SB50, and COP25) on behalf of the Turkish Statistical Institute as a member of the Turkish Delegation in particular as a negotiator on the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) under the Paris Agreement and on GHG inventory related topics. He is a member of the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) under the UNFCCC since 2019.
ALI, Modar
I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pécs, Hungary. I hold a B.Sc. in architectural engineering from Tishreen University, Syria in 2011, and an M.Sc in architectural engineering from the University of Pécs, Hungary in 2018. My field of research is energy-efficient buildings, specifically, optimizing passive design methods of natural ventilation in buildings as a way to reduce the needed energy for cooling. Since the building sector is one of the largest contributors to Green House Gases emissions, it is extremely important to improve our built environment in order to mitigate climate change and raise energy awareness. I have deeply practiced some numerical simulation software that helps to detect the building behavior in the early design phase.
I have work experience in the heritage-protection sector back in Syria. I have practiced architecture in multiple places in Syria and Hungary. I am currently an assistant lecturer at the University of Pécs.
I like cycling as a lifestyle, and I strongly support sustainable mobility.

ANGEL HUERTAS, Andres Eduardo
is a geologist holding an M.A. in Public Management, with experience as consultant and scientific advisor for NGOs, civil society and the public sector in Colombia and other countries in Latin America and cooperation with U.S. and European organizations and networks. He is strongly interested in sustainability, environmental impacts of mining, policies and regulations for the just energy transitions and climate science. He is also co-founder and researcher at PolEn Transiciones Justas.

is working for the Franco-German Forum for the Future (Deutsch-Französisches Zukunftswerk/Forum pour l’avenir franco-allemand), a project originating from the Treaty of Aachen in 2019 and organised by RIFS in Potsdam and France Stratégie in Paris. Aléxandros has a master’s degree in Democratic Education and Social Competences from the Freie Universität Berlin and a bachelor’s degree in International and European Studies from the University of Piraeus in Greece. He has spent his Erasmus at the Law Faculty of the University of Salamanca in Spain and studied with a DAAD scholarship at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Siegen. He speaks fluently German, French, English, Spanish and Italian and his first language is Greek. Alexandros is the International Officer of the Young Europeans (JEF) of Greece, a board member of the Alumni Network of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize and an Alumnus of the IPS-Programme of the German Parliament.
BADIKA, Pragya
I am currently a PhD research scholar in Department of Hydrology at Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India. My current research interests lie in the field of impact-based forecasting and early warning systems for hydro-meteorological disasters such as floods, which is an area of growing importance and concern globally. I started my career as academic associate and further pursued masters in water resources specialization where my research focus was on projecting water availability in changing climate for sustainable water management and planning. I also worked as a junior research fellow at National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, India, where I focused on Hydrological Assessment of Ungauged Basin. Following my studies, I have expertise in developing hydrological model to understand complex and dynamic behaviour of hydrological processes, analysing the catchment response, and assessing the influence of climate change on streamflow projection.
DANG, Thi Thanh Thuong
I am a second-year PhD student in Agri-Food system at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC). I was born and raised in Vietnam, which nurtured my interest in agricultural economics, especially sustainable crop production. After completing my bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics in Vietnam, I moved to Europe to attain a double-degree master in Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Policy Analysis at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and at the UCSC with the Erasmus Mundus scholarship. During the master programme, the European agricultural systems and their common policies have strongly inspired me to gain more insights into the European sustainable farming systems and in the effect of agricultural policies on such systems. Therefore, I decided to remain in academia to work on a doctoral project on risk assessment of Italian crop production at the farm level under the impacts of climate change.
DOZE, Valerie
is a biochemistry researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences in Göttingen, Germany. With degrees in Biochemistry and German, she also has experience in climate change, public health, international relations, trade, and neuroscience research. Her goal is to work in science policy at the intersection of infectious disease, global health, and climate change, developing policies that address the increased spread of infectious agents due to changing climate patterns. Her research focuses on finding novel inhibitory compounds against SARS-CoV-2; she is also assisting with a DEFEAT Corona public health study analyzing the impact of long COVID. She has also worked on climate justice issues and done research comparing climate rhetoric in the U.S. and German 2020 and 2021 political campaigns. At COP24, she researched the impact of climate change on conflict and climate refugees in the Middle East and Africa. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and running.
After high school graduation, I studied linguistics and worked as a technical translator for several years. Here I gathered valuable experience about communication and what impact it has.
But the job as translator did not seem to be the perfect job for my lifetime, so I was looking for an alternative. I had a strong interest in climate change, the effects it has on our lives and how to build up a sustainable energy supply. Therefore, I studied power engineering and renewable energies as a second degree. This opened up the possibility for me to work as an engineer in the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, first in the photovoltaics research and now in the field of water electrolysis.
Having a background both in linguistics and engineering, I am particularly interested in science communication: How can we communicate scientific results or technical information effectively and make sure it reaches the relevant people and has the impact it deserves? And what responsibility comes with the power that words can have?
Besides these rather intellectual tasks I also like to work with my hands. So, in my free time, I enjoy playing the piano, baking bread and growing food in my garden.
GREAD, Faisal
As a PhD scholar at Comenius University in Bratislava - Slovakia, my research focuses on Bentonite deposits. In 2018, I was part of a group of young Sudanese geologists who organized meetings and conferences to discuss the future of the mining industry in our country. We raised awareness about the negative impacts of artisanal mining and mercury use on the environment and reminded decision-makers of the importance of clear mining and environmental regulations. Our efforts resulted in successful seminars and conferences where we gathered stakeholders and scientists to discuss revising the country's mining policy and drafting a new mining code. We aimed to clarify the obligations and rights of companies and society, following international mining codes such as JORC, SAMREC, CIM, and CRIRSCO. Recently, I became a member of the International Association for Promoting Geoethics to learn more about sustainable development and help spread this knowledge among our geological communities.
is a Ph.D. candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He holds a master’s degrees from the IMO International Maritime Law Institute in Malta (M.Jur.), and the University of London in the UK (LL.M.), as well as a bachelor’s degree in Law from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. His doctoral research focuses on developing a legal framework to address global environmental challenges in the Anthropocene from a multidisciplinary perspective, reflecting the need for new approaches to confront current Earth system changes.
In addition to his academic pursuits, he is a career diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru, where he serves as an adviser to the Specialized Legal Advisory Office of the Ministerial Cabinet of Foreign Affairs. His expertise lies in the field of international law, with a particular emphasis on matters related to the law of the sea, international environmental law, and natural resources law.
HACK, Jana Lea
I am a researcher on environmental impacts and sustainable innovations. Currently, I’m working at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, where I research on life cycle analysis and energy efficiency measures of urban development projects on behalf of BBSR. Formerly, I was a policy consultant at adelphi working on projects regarding circular economy and resource efficiency in Central, Western and Southeast Asia. I hold a master’s degree in geoscience from Utrecht University and am currently studying geoinformatics at Salzburg University. What drives me is the objective to make anthropogenic climate impact measurable, in order to identify means of adaptation for a just transition and more resilient ecosystems.
As a Master's student in Computational Physics at the University of Copenhagen, I'm continually amazed by how computation expands our capacity for scientific understanding and discovery. While my undergraduate studies to a large extent focused on astrophysics, my interest has been increasingly drawn to anthropogenic global change, Earth system resilience, and nonlinear system dynamics. I am particularly intrigued by how data-driven methods can enhance our understanding in these fields and equip us better for an uncertain future.

I feel strongly that we all share a responsibility to contribute to creating a safe and just operating space for all life on Earth. As scientists especially, I believe that we need to explore new ways of communication to effectively share the urgency and necessity of this mission with the wider public.

After this week, I am thrilled to start my Master's thesis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Impact Research, where I will investigate the role of tipping point interactions in the stability of the Earth system.
I was born on the Danish island of Bornholm in 1995. I find joy and fulfilment in music, languages, play, exploration and sharing life with my wife, friends and family.
HOFFART, Franziska
is a postdoc researcher at the Center for Environmental Management, Resources, and Energy at Ruhr University Bochum and a guest researcher at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Additionally, she is a researcher at the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU), where she focuses on climate, energy and sufficiency. In 2022, she earned a PhD in economics on energy transition and sustainability from Ruhr-University Bochum. From August on, she will work as a postdoc researcher in the nfdi4energy project at the SOFI Göttingen. From 2020 to 2022, Franziska Hoffart worked in the sustainability department of the GLS Bank in a project on climate risks and scenario analysis. Franziska Hoffart studied economics, philosophy and politics at the Bayreuth University and Stellenbosch University (B.A.), as well as at Ruhr University Bochum and Tongji University Shanghai (M.A). Her research primarily focuses on studying the barriers and drivers of energy transition within context of socio-ecological transformation. Franziska Hoffart also publishes on the social and academic responsibility of scientists, particularly economists, in mitigating climate change.
I am currently a research scientist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering Research & Development Center (ERDC). I hold an M.E. in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) from Vanderbilt University where my research focused on modeling and simulation with integrated real-time sensor data. I brought this background to ERDC for my current work on the Risk and Decision Science Team within the Environmental Laboratory. Our work centers on resilience thinking which acknowledges that not all risk can be effectively minimized, particularly given a changing climate. Instead, our work focuses on quantifying resilience to understand how engineered and social systems can maintain or quickly recover functionality during and after disruptions. My past projects have covered a broad range of topics ranging from modeling forest fire spread and its impacts on energy and water infrastructure to developing a tool for quantifying community resilience within watersheds.
holds a P.h.D and is an accomplished waste and resource management expert. Her doctoral research at the University of Rostock focused on developing sustainable organic waste management methods in developing countries. Currently, as a post-doc research assistant at Rostock University, she plays a multifaceted role. She actively contributes to her team's research on material and energy recovery from biowaste, with a particular emphasis on projects in developing nations and the German bio-economy. Additionally, Haniyeh supports the German national membership at the international solid waste association (ISWA), working closely with the sponsoring institution to organize events and engaging with members through online platforms. She also creates content for the ISWA-Germany website. Notably, Haniyeh holds the position of vice chair of the ISWA Young Professional Group (YPG) and leads the ISWA-Germany YPG. Through her voluntary efforts, she brings together driven young professionals for networking, knowledge sharing, and improved career prospects.
I am an experienced engineer currently working in the field of utility scale PV power plants in a company in Berlin. I moved to Berlin around 2015 to pursue my Masters in Production Engineering with a focus on New Energy Technologies and Circular Economy at Technical University of Berlin. As of now and then my focus and goal is to learn and contribute to decarbonization energy sector by accelerating Energiewende (Energy Transition) in different aspects. So, during my studies, I had an opportunity to work in BAM (Federal Institute of Material Research and Testing) in the Eco-Label and Energy efficient department where I learnt about importance of technical advisors to policy makers and the significance of instruments to accelerate energy efficiency through innovation and transparency. Parallelly, I was working and writing my master thesis in the Decarbonization and Resource Efficiency Group at Siemens. I was performing sustainability assessments and life cycle assessments for energy systems and urban infrastructure to develop measures and pathways for climate change mitigations and adoption in urban and Industrial environments and determine its impact. My interest lies in the interface of technology, innovation, and governance. I am developing a passion to follow politics keenly and closely which is still WIP (work in progress).
Khatri, Sabina
is a hydrogeologist and environment Engineer by profession with 7 years of work experience in diverse stakeholders from SMEs, civil society, INGOs as well as government entities like GIZ, UNOPS, DFID, Nepal Government, Global Water Partnership-South Asia, UNU-FLORES with wide experience on the theme of the school "Responsibility & Ethics". She actively engages in voluntary climate-water activities through different organizations like the OWSD Nepal Chapter, UNESCO Groundwater Youth Network, YYPP-Global Water Partnership, Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN). She is the proposer of the Nepal chapter of the OWSD. She has received various awards and honors, including Max-Thabiso Climate Ambassador by The World Bank, Alexander von Humboldt International Climate Protection, DAAD Ambassadorship.
She actively contributes to youth engagement and public outreach initiatives nationally as well as globally. Besides, she is a co-PI to different independent projects on water and climate.
After graduating with a degree in Mathematics with Astronomy in 2008, I was a drummer for 4 years, then an international Mathematics teacher, then an antimatter physicist. On my travels, I saw the destruction of our ecosystems and this started my journey into environmental activism. Now I am a PhD candidate in air quality, to reduce viral transmission in breath droplets. I am also a member of Scientists for Extinction Rebellion and I am writing a children's book on environmental and social justice.

I started the university campaign group Imperial Climate Action and within a year the group has grown to 187 members. We focus on (i) climate education in each undergraduate course; (ii) reducing aviation; (iii) fossil free careers; and (iv) lowering resource use in catering. The group also includes researchers, staff, and alumni.

I hope to meet many like-minded people attending the summer school to help bring academic institutions to align with necessary policies to ensure a habitable future.
LATIFI, Fakhria
has got her Bachelor’s in Law and Political Science from Kabul University and has Master degree in Public Policy and Administration. She has started her job from Afghanistan Independent Reform and Civil Service Commissions and worked in difference organizations like, Rights and Democracy International, Afghan Women’s Network, United State Agency for International Development, Afghanistan Women’s Education Center, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and has worked as Assistant Professor in faculty of Public Policy and Administration in Kabul University, Gowharshad Private University and Mashhal Private University. Now she is working as a researcher associated in Technical University of Darmstadt and is a PhD candidate too. Her interests are in the cross sections of human rights and climate change mainly focused on non- industrial countries.
LUETHI, Samuel
is a PhD candidate in the Weather and Climate Risks group at ETH Zurich. Sam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental System Science and a Master's in Atmosphere and Climate Science from ETH Zurich. In his research, Sam combines methods from environmental epidemiology with the latest techniques from climate science to quantify heat mortality counts. His research focuses on heat mortality during extreme seasons, how these extremes amplify in a future climate and how communities adapt to heat. Before starting his PhD, Sam modelled climate risks within the reinsurance industry and unsuccessfully tried to pressure the Swiss financial industry to stop doing business with fossil companies and adopt more ambitious climate targets.
I am an industrial engineer, holding a master's degree from Tabriz Islamic Azad University focused on providing alternative, low water-consuming industries and optimizing local livelihoods. My master’s project was primarily dedicated to the restoration of Lake Urmia- which was a biodiversity-rich ecosystem in the northwest of Iran. In addition, I was a devoted activist in Iran, advocating for women's rights, sustainability, and environmental protection.
Beyond my profession and academic background, I have co-founded two NGOs in my hometown, Tabriz, aimed at promoting cycling culture among women. My ambition stretches beyond local impact, seeking to raise public awareness about environmental issues and women's rights wherever possible.
My commitment to harmonizing industrial progress with environmental preservation and societal well-being underlines my holistic approach to sustainable development. My vision transcends borders, igniting changes for a better, more equitable future.
has been working at the Institute for evolutionary ecology NAS Ukraine, Kyiv since 2015, where she is engaged in research on forest and park ecosystems, urbanization, air pollution in cities. Currently, Nataliia is the head of the project at the Institute for evolutionary ecology NAS Ukraine: "Bioindicative assessment of the state of park ecosystems in the conditions of urbanization" (state number 0122U000570) and Fellow at Research Institute For Sustainability – Helmholtz Centre Potsdam (RIFS).
Nataliia received her PhD in Ecology from the Institute of Agroecology and Nature Management of the National Academy of Sciences, Kyiv, Ukraine, in 2011. During her PhD and post-doctoral work at the Institute of Agroecology and Nature Management Nataliia established a strong scientific background in the field of methods for assessing forest, urban park ecosystems and data analysis, focusing on assessment of resources and the state of forest ecosystems, agricultural landscapes, management of landscapes. In the last 5 years of working at the Institute for evolutionary ecology, NAS Ukraine paid special attention to assessing the role of megacities in air pollution and climate change as factors influencing the state of green infrastructure for sustainable management. The field of research - Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution Ecosystem, Invasive Species, Plant Ecology, Population Ecology, Landscape Ecology, Environmental Conservation, Sustanability, management, urban green infrastrucnure, urban forests, sustainable development, Forest Protection, air pollution and climate change interactions.
studied linguistics, educational science, philosophy, history of science and technology and cultural studies.
After completing his Master's degree, he conducted research at the College for Management and Design of Sustainable Development (KMGNE) on the possibilities of successful socio-ecological transformations in rural areas through an education for sustainable development that focuses on narrative forms of knowledge.
In his research, he understands narratives as a construction of reality, which – as a certain form of understanding the world – must be understood as starting point for shaping the world.
In this sense, he critically explores historical and contemporary narratives on development and the phantasm of sustainability in science, politics and society as inhibiting and facilitating factors for major transformations and global justice.
He is currently preparing for a PhD on aetiologies and narrative forms of action-guiding knowledge production in the natural sciences and humanities against the background of the multiple crisis and the (eschatological) discourse of the anthropocene.
is a Brazilian master’s student in Molecular and Medical Biotechnology at the University of Verona, in Italy. He is currently researching the anti-tumor activity of the ribonuclease "Onconase", and previously worked, as a research assistant, on the use of bacteriophages virus as an alternative therapy for antibiotic-resistant infections. When he was still living in Brazil, he worked as a volunteer for the ONG "Odeart", a project to promote the right to equality. Between 2018 and 2021 he was a course representative at the University of Verona.
His main objective is to study ways to develop a sustainable and inclusive science that can reach both the countries of the Global North and the Global South equally.

NUR, Marjan
completed his BSc in Environmental Science from Queen Mary, University of London and MSc in Climate Change and Sustainability from Brunel University in 2016. After that, he returned to his home country Bangladesh and started working in academia. He taught climate and environmental science at different leading universities in Bangladesh. He worked for over three years at the Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER) at BRAC University, where he taught climate change and managed different local and national development projects. This includes building the capacity of the local level youth organisations, organising events, such as the International Climate Finance Conference, and supporting the Bangladesh government in building their ability to tackle the adverse impacts of climate change. He joined the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in the British High Commission Dhaka in 2020. His key role is to strengthen the climate partnership between the two countries, including leading the programmes on energy transition, working closely with all the relevant actors to support long-term decarbonisation and promoting resilience and adaptation objectives in Bangladesh. He is keen to work in the policy process to bring about positive changes to mitigate climate change's worst effects and help decision-makers prioritise environmental issues based on scientific evidence.
OIKYA, Upal Aditya
a Bangladeshi national, who is currently pursuing PhD in International Criminal Law at the University of Pecs, Hungary. His research area is the complementarity regime of the Rome Statute and its application in domestic courts. He is also a volunteer in European Solidarity Corps Projects (Sweden & Greece) and Amnesty International. Previously he pursued an LLM (Maritime Law) and LLB from Bangladesh. Even though his present research is not concerning environmental justice or protection, however being a follower of multi-disciplinary research, he's very passionate and motivated to join this program to broaden his perspectives and knowledge. He can be reached at
PETSOU, Athina
is a chemical and materials engineer (National Technical University of Athens). She specializes in the restoration and conservation of historic buildings, and she is currently undergoing a PhD at the Institute of Environmental Design & Engineering, UCL, in cooperation with Historic England. In her Phd, she aims to challenge the one-fits-all approach around thermal comfort, towards a more user-centric and holistic energy retrofit. In her previous work, she focused on implementation of non-destructive methods and CFD modelling for climate change integrated monument conservation strategies with study cases the Parthenon and the monuments of Athenian Acropolis and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Holy Tomb in Jerusalem.

RAHMAN, Mohammed Mozifur
is a Bangladesh-born Environmental Scientist and an educator. He has studied Biodiversity, Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development. He is currently working as a Scientist at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany. Before joining at PIK, he was an Alexander Von Humboldt International Climate Protection Fellow and a Research Associate at the Institute for Resources Management for the Tropics and Sub-tropics. Mofizur is also an alumni of Beahrs Environmental Leadership program of University of California Berkeley, USA and Asia Pacific Environmental Leadership Program of University of Tongji, China.
His research interest ranges from Ocean acidification, Ecosystem service assessment and ecosystem restoration, Salinization in the river deltas, Climate change adaptation, Loss and damage, Nature based solutions and Solar radiation management governance. He published his research on some high impact journals. He brings his field research into the classroom to educate the new generation, using trans-disciplinary methodologies and combining natural-social science disciplines.
is currently working as Scientific Advisor at the German Aerospace Center, Project Management Agency, which she is representing in Brussels. Passionate about multi-stakeholder dialogues on the SDGs and futures-thinking, she is organising the “Brussels: FutureTalks”, fostering the dialogue on Science Diplomacy as well as principles and values in international R&I cooperation. Prior to that, Stella managed the Secretariat of the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, where she coordinated efforts to strengthen the science-policy interface in the institution. She started her career with UN Environment supporting conservation measures for migratory wild animals and holds a Master’s degree in European Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Languages and Communication.

SAAD, Dalia
is a trained Environmental Chemist with interest in integrating sociological and gender dimensions into water research. Her research spans across water pollution, wastewater treatment, sustainable water management, resource recovery and reuse, and gender mainstreaming in water management and environmental issues.
She is currently leading a multidisciplinary research group "based at Wits University" exploring micro-plastic pollution and its associated socio-economic impacts in African freshwaters.
Dalia obtained her basic degree in Chemistry from Khartoum University, Sudan in 2006; and, she holds an MSc (2011) and PhD (2013) degrees in Environmental Chemistry from Wits University, South Africa, where she currently works. Dalia has completed several international trainings, received various international awards, as well as numerous research and mobility grants from several organisations including, European Commission, Robert Bosch Stiftung, GenderInSITE, African Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society, among others. Dalia is a FLAIR-Royal Society Fellow, Africa Science Leadership Programme Fellow, TWAS young Affiliate, and an alumna of OWSD fellowship program. She is a member of several professional bodies, and an x-member of the executive committee of OWSD - South Africa National Chapter.

is a Programme/ Research Associate with the National Alliance of Women (NAWO), Chandigarh . She is also working as a Guest Faculty in the Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies, Panjab University Chandigarh (India). She did her Ph.D on Women, Peace and Security. The doctoral work was basically on the implementation of the provisions of UNSCR 1325 in South Asian Countries. She was a Research Associate in Consortium for Peace Studies in Calgary University, Canada and she also worked as a UNDP Research Associate with the Government of India High Level Committee on the Status of Women, India. Besides gender, peace and security her main research interest are Climate change, prevention of violence against women, women’s human rights and social justice and gender and Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).
THIERRY, Aaron Tomos
I am currently in the second year of a PhD in the sociology of science at the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University in Wales. My research is focussed on exploring the phenomenon of climate activism by scientists and how norms around advocacy and activism are developing in the scientific community.
The Potsdam Summer Schools focus on the ethical responsibilities of scientists is also of personal significance to me. I have a background in the natural sciences, having completed a PhD in Ecology a decade ago, and subsequently worked as post-doc on a project examining permafrost carbon cycle feedbacks in Arctic Canada. My experiences led me to reflect deeply on how scientists should act upon their research findings, and I became increasingly involved in advocacy work on these issues.

Through reflecting on my personal involvement and discussing these matters with colleagues I have become fascinated by the ethical questions posed by scientific activism, and it was this that led me to switch disciplines to better understand new developments in the interface between science and society. I am particularly interested in how scientists understand the value-free ideal, the risks of the politicisation of science, and how activism can be understood as a non-traditional form of science communication and public engagement.
is an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Mutah University, Jordan. Esraa Holds a PhD in Water and Environmental Engineering from Liverpool University, earned in 2017, with a Civil Engineering background. She recently received the Study UK Alumni Award for Science and Sustainability and was named a Role Model in Science and Engineering by Liverpool University. Her research interests lie in hydrological modeling, with a particular focus on hydrological extremes, flash floods, and the impacts of climate change on water resources. Her dedication to addressing crucial water and environmental issues is evident through her academic focus in her MSc and PhD theses through which she aimed to contribute to the advancement of sustainable water management practices. As a professor, Esraa imparts her expertise by teaching a diverse range of courses in water and environmental engineering. She has garnered numerous training certifications in water, environmental issues, and sustainability, further enriching her knowledge and understanding of the field. Esraa's contributions to the scientific community have been widely acknowledged through her active participation in international conferences and the receipt of prestigious grants and awards, including the Fulbright JDFP. Additionally, she has successfully contributed to proposals and secured funding for various projects, including a Newton-Funded UK-Jordan joint project on Sustainable Catchment Management and Water Security, an ERASMUS+ funded project to develop an eMaster in Water Resources Engineering (€924k), and a CIDRA-SEED funded project focused on data production for flood management in drylands.