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Prof. Dr. Eleonora Rivalta

Prof. Dr. Eleonora Rivalta
Haus H 7, Raum 304 (Büro)
Helmholtzstraße 6/7
14467 Potsdam

Funktion und Aufgaben:

PI of the "Magma propagation" research group

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

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


From Oct. 2020: Associate Professor, University of Bologna, Italy

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 

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

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)

Wissenschaftliche Gremien:

  • SAC Montserrat, since 2014
  • Scientific Council of INGV, 2016-2019
  • Elected member of the Scientific Council of GFZ, 2013-2016
  • Physical sciences panel for RANNIS (Icelandic Research Council), 2015-2018
  • Royal Society (UK) Travel Grants Panel, 2010-2013


  • 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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