Dr. Karina Schollän

Dr. Karina Schollän
Building F, Room 222
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

Public Relations (internal communication, scientific communication, event management)

Research Interests:

Paleoclimatology, Climate Impact Research, Permafrost, Dendrochronology, Science Communication, Science Management


  • since 02/2018: Press and Public Relations Office at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ 
  • 01/2017-03/2018: Postdoctoral researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK); focus: conference coordinator of the Impacts World 2017 Conference (IW 2017)
  • since 11/2013: Postdoctoral researcher at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI); focus: 2013-2016: executive director of the International Permafrost Association (IPA), conference manager of the 11th International Permafrost Conference (ICOP 2016), secretariat (network coordination) of the Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost (GTN-P)
  • 2010-2013: PhD student at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ; focus: dendroclimatological investigations on tropical tree rings, collaboration in setting up the dendrochronology laboratory 
  • 2009-2010: Student research assistant at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ 
  • 2006-2009: Project assistant, WetterOnline GmbH, Bonn 
  • 2007-2008: Project assistant, Germanwatch e.V., Bonn 


  • 2014: DISSERTATION (Dr. rer. nat.) in Geosciences, University of Potsdam and GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Topic: “Tracking climate signals in tropical trees - New insights from Indonesian stable isotope records“, Supervisors: Prof. Dr. A. Brauer, Dr. G. Helle
  • 2009: DIPLOMA IN GEOGRAPHY, Department of Geography, University of Bonn, diploma thesis at GFZ
  • 2005-2006: Exchange semester (ERASMUS), Institute of Geography, University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
  • 2003-2009: Studies in Geography, University of Bonn, Minor subjects: Meteorology and Agricultural Policy and Development Sociology

Research Boards and Committees:

  • since 2016: Member of the International Advisory Committee for ICOP´s of the International Permafrost Association (IPA)


  • 2014: DAAD travel grant for the 9th International Conference on Dendrochronology in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2013: Young Scientist's Travel Award for EGU General Assembly 2013, Vienna, Austria
  • 2013: Award for best poster at GFZ PhD-Day 2013, Potsdam, Germany
  • 2011: Award for outstanding oral presentation at TRACE 2011 conference, Nancy, France, awarded by the Association of Tree-Ring Research (ATR) 
  • 2011: Award for outstanding MSc/Master-Thesis 2009/10, Nancy, France, awarded by the Association of Tree-Ring Research (ATR) 
  • 2005: ERASMUS Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, Grenoble, France

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