Prof. Dr. Eleonora Rivalta

Group Leader
Prof. Dr. Eleonora Rivalta
Building H 7, Room 304
Helmholtzstraße 6/7
14467 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

PI of the "Magma propagation" research group

Research Interests:

  • Physics of volcanic systems and of the seismic source
  • Propagation and storage of magma and other fluids in the crust
  • Experimental volcanology
  • Crustal deformation
  • Volcanic and induced seismicity
  • Fracture mechanics


Jul. 2010 to Jun. 2012 Researcher University of Hamburg, Germany
Jan. 2007 to Dec. 2009 Lecturer University of Leeds, UK
Jul. 2006 to Dec. 2006 Visiting Scholar Stanford University, California, USA
Jan. 2004 to Dec. 2006 Post-Doc University of Bologna, Italy
Feb. 2002 to Dec. 2003 Post-Doc University of Hamburg, Germany
Feb. 2001 to Jul. 2001 Visiting Student GFZ Potsdam, Germany


2010: Post-graduate certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, UK
1998-2002: PhD in Physics, University of Bologna, Italy
1991-1996: BSc and Master in Physics, University of Bologna, Italy (summa cum laude)

Research Boards and Committees:

  • SAC Montserrat, since 2014
  • Physical sciences panel for RANNIS (Icelandic Research Council), since 2015
  • Scientific Council of INGV, since 2016
  • Royal Society (UK) Travel Grants Panel (2010-2013)
  • Elected member of the Scientific Council of GFZ (2013-2016)


  • 2011: Nominated member of AcademiaNet, Expert Database of Outstanding Female Scientists and Scholars, Robert Bosch Stiftung, in collaboration with Spektrum der Wissenschaft and Nature
  • 2011: Outstanding GJI reviewer of the year
  • 2010: Fellow of the Higher Education academy, UK
  • 2008:  University of Leeds Teaching Award
  • 2006: Marco Polo Fellowship, University of Bologna 

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