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SC12/GM13.3 ECS

Meet the Master (co-organized)
Convener: Emma Shuttleworth  | Co-Convener: Peter van der Beek 
Wed, 20 Apr, 17:30–19:00

In this session, a successful scientist with many years of experience will give a look back to give a personal perspective of their career. We will discuss how early career decisions subsequently affected their career path, problems faced and overcome, and how research is affected their life (and vice versa!). This will offer a fascinating insight into how a master geomorphologist works, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions from the audience to get advice on how to succeed in an academic career.

Public information: We are very happy to announce that this year’s ‘master’ will be Professor Andreas Lang.

He will be giving a talk, enigmatically titled: ‘On formative events, conserving topography and morphologic hysteresis – tales from a geomorphological career trajectory’, after which there will be plenty of time for him to field questions from the audience.

Andreas has had an illustrious and well-travelled career to date. He started out studying at undergraduate and postgraduate level at Heidelberg University, Germany, before moving to Bonn University for postdoctoral research. His first ‘proper’ job was a senior lecturer at Leuven University, in Belgium, followed by a chair appointment at University of Liverpool (UK) where he also became head of the geography department. He moved to Salzburg (Austria) in 2015, where he leads the Geomorphology and Environmental Systems Research Group. In addition, Andreas has been involved with learned societies throughout his career, notably chairing the British Society for Geomorphology and the EGU Geomorphology division.

Andreas’ research focusses Geomorphology and Geochronology to establish how the Earth surface responds to environmental change by using past response as analogue for the future. He has also developed new technologies for environmental sciences, to help improve the precision and accuracy of chronometric techniques and explore opto-electronic properties of environmental materials to extend the range of materials available for dating, and new and non-destructive techniques to derive proxy data for environmental conditions.