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Welcome to the Early Career Scientist Section (ECS)

We are the network for doctoral candidates and postdocs working in the field of Earth sciences and related research disciplines within Geo.X. With this section we want to provide a platform for you

  • to create networking opportunities amongst young geoscientists in Berlin and Potsdam
  • to foster the exchange across all Geo.X partner institutions
  • to discuss current issues of geoscientific research and related fields
  • to provide an opportunity to present and discuss your projects
  • to distribute interesting and informative content 

The ECS-Section lives by the particpation and engagement of every early career researcher who brings ideas and questions into the network, or who wants to organize events that help to advance early stage scientific careers. 

There are various ways of getting involved! 

If you have ideas, questions or any remarks, please contact the core team at We are happy to hear from you!

For informal peer communication we have a slack channel, please send an request to access to

More career related info can be found at our newly set up Linkedin page: 

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Documentation Events



12th August 2021:
SciComLab: Building your own website: easy steps towards your digital portfolio led by Simeon Lisovski, Postdoc @AWI and Geo.X Young Academy Fellow


18th September 2020:
Online Seminar on data publication in the Earth Sciences
Presentation by Andreas Hübner, FID Geo

ECS Representatives 2021 - 2022

Dr. Melanie Sieber

Postdoc @GFZ and @Uni Potsdam

Many young scientists may face similar challenges, such as applying for funding or stress and anxiety generated by the ‘publish or perish’ culture. Therefore, knowing where and how to get support is essential, in particular, for Early Career Scientists (ECS).

As an ECS Representative, I would like to build an active network and platform for young scientist to provide them with all information needed to develop and reach their scientific and personal goals. This can be achieved by organizing career developing workshops on e.g. funding-opportunities, science communication (paper-writing, oral-presentations, media-outreach) and newsletters.

Furthermore, I would agitate for counseling support and regular, informal get-together to establish a welcoming environment for young scientists across and within the Geo.X institutes.

Dr. Simeon Lisovski

Postdoc & YA Fellow @AWI

The Geo.X Network provides fantastic opportunities for us as scientists with interests in interdisciplinary research, especially for us Early Career folks. However, speaking for myself, I am often hesitant to participate in additional workshops, talk series etc. that will “steal” precious time that we urgently need for our own research and to push our careers. This can change!

As one of your representatives, I want to make sure that the ECS section will develop into a more prominent part of the network, focusing on the exchange and support of high-quality interdisciplinary science. For example, let us make use of our own collaborative networks across the world and establish an inspiring and valuable ECS Talk Series. I would also like to foster stronger connections between PhD’s and PostDoc’s. Let us talk more regularly about our projects (in whatever phase they are) to receive and provide insights from across disciplines. These are just two ideas with the potential to make the Geo.X ECS section more visible and valuable within and across the network and to shape a community that will benefit us as early career researchers.

Lot’s can be done. Let’s tackle it ;-)

The ECS Core Team

The core team consists of interested early career researchers, who want to work on the strategic and operational development of the section. The ECS Section is supported by Dr. Jacob Hardt, the Geo.X coordinator of FU Berlin, and Lisa Rheinheimer, coordinator for the Geo.X Head Office.  

Anne Schöpa

Postdoc @GFZ

Rutu Parekh


Rutu Parekh

PhD @GFZ & @TU

Valby van Schijndel

Postdoc @UP

Inge Wiekenkamp

Postdoc @GFZ

Jacob Hardt

Geo.X coordinator @FU

Lisa Rheinheimer

Coordinator @Geo.X Head Office