Dr. Erika von Schneidemesser joined the IASS in 2012, where she pursues research on urban air pollution, including exploring and developing the measurement capabilities of small sensors, and the improvement of emission inventories, in combination with science-policy initiatives, collaborating with city governments and NGOs to inform decision-making and research. Erika currently leads two projects at the IASS, Climate Change and Air Pollution: Research Needs and Pathways to Policy Implementation (ClimPol) and Three-Dimensional Observation of Atmospheric Processes in Cities (3DO).
Erika received her PhD in Environmental Chemistry and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 2009. During her PhD and post-doctoral work at the University of Leicester, UK, Erika established a strong scientific background in atmospheric measurement techniques and data analysis focusing on urban aerosol, source apportionment, trends analysis, and the role of megacities for air pollution and climate change. In 2011 she was awarded an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship to work at the U.S. National Science Foundation, where she honed her science-policy expertise.