Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Veni grants for Maryna Strokal and Franziska Glassmeier (WUR)

Two young SENSE researchers (WUR) have won a Veni grant. This annual grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is aimed at scientists who have completed their PhDs and are just starting their careers. Researchers receive up to 250,000 euros in order to further develop their ideas over the next three years.


Maryna Strokal (Water Systems and Global Change): Optimal solutions for river pollution

It is a challenge to resolve the issue of river pollution, because the causes of pollution and their interactions in the environment are poorly understood. The aim of this research is to search for optimal solutions for the issue of river pollution with these interactions in mind. In order to do this, a new river pollution model with spatial optimisation will be developed.

On 13 December 2016 Maryna got a cum laude for her PhD thesis "River export of nutrients to the coastal waters of China: The MARINA model to assess sources, effects and solutions".
She currently works as a researcher at the Water Systems and Global Change group of Wageningen University.


Franzisca GlassmeierFranziska Glassmeier (Meteorology and Air Quality): Clouds as complex systems

The amount and brightness of clouds is one of the largest uncertainties in the prediction of climate change. Cloud systems can be surprisingly persistent or change abruptly. The researcher will apply complex-systems theory to investigate this challenging behavior.

Franziska Glassmeier completed her PhD in 2016 at ETH Zürich, on "Constraining susceptibilities of aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions in warm and cold clouds". She currently holds a Research Associateship award of the National Research Council and works as a post-doc with Graham Feingold at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder.

> Complete overview of Veni Grants 2018 on the NWO website

Wednesday 29 August 2018