Gift Speakers

Gift Speakers

Dr Sushmitha Baskar
M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., (Environmental Science), M.A. (Distance Education)., PGDDE., Dip. German (Fribourg)., DCA (Computer Applications), CGH (Université De Genevè)., CBD (The University of Hong Kong), FCS Scholar Switzerland; Swedish Institute Scholar; Research Council Norway Scholar, Assistant Professor, Senior Scale (Environmental Studies)
School of Interdisciplinary and Trans-disciplinary Studies (SOITS), Block 1 Room No 22
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi 110068
Telephone (O): 011 29571122; 09013880206 (M)

Dr. Sushmitha Baskar is working at SOITS, IGNOU, New Delhi since 2011. She earned her M.Sc (1995, Gold medalist) and M.Phil in Environmental Science (1997) from Bharathiar University, Tamil Nadu. She obtained her Ph.D. in Environmental Science (2002) from the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Haryana. She is awarded MA in Distance Education and Post Graduate Diploma in Distance Education from IGNOU, New Delhi; Diploma in German from Sprachenzentrum, Université De Fribourg, Switzerland and Diploma in Computer Languages. She is awarded with various national fellowships: CSIR (SRF), CSIR (RA), CSIR- Pool Scientist (SRA), UGC Dr. DS Kothari post-doctoral fellowship and international fellowships: Swiss Scholarship to work at ETH, Zurich, Switzerland; Indo-Norwegian Grant to work at University of Bergen, Norway and Swedish Institute Fellowship to work at Stockholm University, Sweden where she carried out research in the field of Cave geomicrobiology. She has also visited Germany, Czech Republic, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia for part of her research trainings and as an invited speaker in trainings and conferences. She was recently awarded the University Silver medal for best researcher 2019 IGNOU by the Vice President of India. She has made significant contributions in peer reviewed international journals with 45 publications. She is coordinating the International Earth Science Olympaid in Delhi-NCR region from 2012 till present and is a science journalist for Current Science, Indian Academy of Sciences. Her interests include Environmental Science, Environmental Microbiology and Geomicrobiology. At IGNOU she is the Programme Coordinator for PhD. Environmental Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental and Occupational Health.

Eric Calasis
Ecole Normale Supérieure,
Department of Geosciences, Paris, France,

Eric Calais is Professor of Geosciences at the Ecole normale supérieure (Paris, France), where he teaches geophysics and geodesy. He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and a Senior Fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France. He received a PhD at the University of Nice in 1991, was postdoctoral researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (USA) until 1995, research scientist at the CNRS (Nice) until 2001, professor at Purdue University (USA) until 2012, and joined Ecole normale supérieure in 2013. He received the Faculty Scholar Award from Purdue University in 2005, the Jacob Award from the French Academy of Sciences in 2008, and the Frank Press Award from the Seismological Society of America in 2012. His research interests concern the kinematics and dynamics of active tectonic processes, which he studies using space geodesy and deformation modeling. He led a number of field experiments worldwide – Caribbean, central Asia, east Africa, western Europe — to study individual earthquakes, volcanic events, the deformation of plate margins, and the motion of tectonic plates. A significant component of his research is devoted to understanding active geodynamic processes in the northern Caribbean, with a focus on Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. He is currently stationed in Haiti, with the French Institutde Recherche pour le Développement, to foster geoscience research and training activities in Haiti and the broader Caribbean region.

Francesca Cifelli
Associate Professor
Department of Science, Roma TRE University

Francesca is associate professor in structural geology at the Department of Science of Roma TRE University. Her research activity mainly focuses on paleomagnetic studied applied to the reconstruction of the rotational history and structural evolution of curved mountain chains. She is very active in science communication and high-school teachers training. She is a member of Educational Committee of Education (CoE) of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) for the organization of the GIFT (Geophysical Information for Teachers) workshop.

Susanna Occhipinti
PhD at Camerino university; Geologist

Susanna Occhipinti is a Geologist - Degree in Earth sciences - Petrography of Bitto Valley - 1981 Università degli studi Milano UNIMI-Italy She has done her PhD at the University of Camerino, UNICAM- Italy Science and Technology on Education and Communication: Earth Sciences XXVI, 2014, in Teaching Earth Science: Models and guidelines for more effective tools and paths in an active teaching-learning in Earth sciences: looking for a unifying principle She has done specialization in General and for museums Education - University of ROMA3 and she is a school principal in Technical high school Innocent Manzetti - Aosta Italy with experience as science teacher in secondary schools- 25 years. She has been the coordinator for science activities, charged by the Regional Government, for 15 years, training teachers, producing educational paths and developing learning objects, and organizing a regional Science centre and a schools' network. She has been the National Coordinator of the IESO, International Earth Sciences Olympiads, organizer of the international stage, for ITFI, International Team Field investigation, 8-9 September 2012 Valle d'Aosta. She is the Member of the IGEO committee for Italy. She is the Co-Chair of EGU-IGEO European Chapter, a member of the executive of ANISN - National Association Natural Science Teachers.

Paul Valdes
Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Bristol

Paul Valdes research focusses on using Earth System models to study environmental change. The work spans all time periods from millions of years into the past, to thousands of years into the future, and particularly examines the interactions between the atmosphere and ocean and other components of the Earth system such as ice sheets, carbon cycle, and biogeochemical change. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers on various aspects of past, present, and future change. He is a Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Bristol, UK. He is also non-executive director of Greenstone, a company specialising in software for environmental and other reporting. In 2007, he was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Prize for his work on climate change, in 2014 he received a Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship and in 2015 was awarded the Milutin Milankovic Medal by the European Geosciences Union.

Chris King, Emeritus
Professor of Earth Science Education
Work: Education, Keele University, Keele, Staffs., ST5 5BG. Email
Home: 36 Portway, Wells, BA5 2BN. Tel. 01749 675 554.
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Chris King is Emeritus Professor of Earth Science Education at Keele University. He is Chair of the International Union of Geological Sciences Commission on Geoscience Education (IUGS-COGE), Chair of the Education Committee of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and a Senior Officer of the International Geoscience Education Organisation (IGEO). He trains geology teachers in initial teacher education and directs the Earth Science Education Unit which has so far provided teaching workshops to more than 40,000 science, geography and primary (elementary) teachers across the UK. He leads the Geoscience Education Field Officer network across Europe and beyond. He co-runs the Earthlearningidea website, publishing a new teaching idea every two weeks, averaging nearly 50,000 global downloads per month.

He is responsible for writing the IGEO textbook and its companion volumes addressing the International Geoscience Syllabus prepared by IGEO. He has presented keynote lectures and workshops in many countries and has more than 200 publications.

Shiba Subedi
Postdoctoral Fellow
Institute of Earth Sciences
Faculty of Geosciences and Environment
University of Lausanne
Geopolis 3232, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Office: +41 21 692-4444

Shiba Subedi is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Earth Sciences of the University of Lausanne. I recently completed Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of Lausanne. Since 2017, He is working on a project 'Seismo-at-School in Nepal' under the supervision of György Hetényi. Nepal lies in the heart of the most active continental seismic zone, the Himalaya and is one of the countries on Earth with the highest seismic risk. Due to the collision of India and Eurasia, Nepal has experienced devastating earthquakes throughout history, claiming lives and causing significant damage. The latest 2015 Gorkha earthquake killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000. It was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 earthquake. Furthermore, there is a segment which is identified as 'seismic gap,' where the last known great earthquake occurred in 1505, and recently scientists from the world argued that the energy is accumulated in that region which is sufficient to produce a great earthquake at any time in future.

The purpose of his Ph.D. project was to evaluate the feasibility by locally testing a bottom-up approach of seismology in schools. With special lectures to students, and by installing low-cost seismometers in schools, we hope to enhance awareness and preparedness of the people, and at the same time collect useful local shaking data. Currently, my aim is to extend the low-cost seismic network in Nepal across the country and to use collected data for education and research purposes in parallel.

Binod Sreenivasan

Binod Sreenivasan earned his B Tech (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (India) and MS from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. After a stint as Scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), he went on to do a PhD at the University of Cambridge, specializing in fluid mechanics. Following this, he held a one-year CNRS postdoctoral fellowship at the Laboratoire EPM in Grenoble, researching on the dynamics of surface gravity waves subject to magnetic fields. Binod entered the field of planetary dynamos through a postdoctoral position at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Exeter. This was followed by a named Leverhulme Research Fellowship held at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. Back in India, Binod served on the faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur for nearly 3 years before moving to the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, where he is a faculty member in the Centre for Earth Sciences since 2012.

Nandini Nagarajan
Address: 69 Parklink Road, Vayupuri, Secunderabad 500094

Nandini Nagarajan is a Geophysicist with 50 years' of research experience in Geomagnetism. The specific areas of her research and interest are Observatory practice, from commissioning of classical magnetometers to INTERMAGNET Observatories. Research in low latitude and equatorial geomagnetic phenomena, geomagnetic induction studies, magnetotellurics, evolving experience in data processing, detection, modeling and interpretation of external variations and subsurface structure.

Dr. Milind Mujumdar
M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.(Maths)
Scientist and Former Senior Manager,
Centre for Climate Change Research (CCCR),
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM),
(Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India),
Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pashan, Pune- 411008,
Maharashtra, INDIA.

Dr. Milind Mujumdar, DOB-12 June 1964, is a senior scientist at the Centre for Climate Change Research (CCCR), Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune. He is currently engaged in the field scale soil moisture monitoring using Cosmos Ray Soil-Moisture Monitoring System (COSMOS) and network of various surface hydro-meteorological sensors to study the soil water dynamics. He conducted diagnostic and modelling studies to understand the Asian monsoon variability and its response to warming climate. He obtained his M.Phil. with focus on 'Mathematical Modelling' during 1989 and Ph.D. on studies related to 'Climate Modelling' during 2002, from University of Pune. He has published more than 50 research articles in national and international journals. He is also associated with Universities for guiding M.Sc./M.Tech. and PhD students. During his research career, he has had extended visits to the University of Tokyo, Hokkaido University, Nagoya University, Japan; University of Hawaii, USA, University of Reading and European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF), Reading, University of Stirling, UK; CSIRO (Melbourne) Australia; University of Cape Town, South Africa. He received IITM's Silver Jubilee Award for the best research paper of the year 2017.

Dr. Vishwas S kale
Former Professor and Head,
Department of Geography,
SP Pune University, Pune 411007, India.
Subject areas: geomorphology, hydrology, flood hazards

Dr. Vishwas S. Kale, Former Professor and Head, Department of Geography, SP Pune University. He completed his M.A. and M. Phil. in Geography from University of Pune and received his Ph.D. in Archaeology from Deccan College, Pune in 1983. Dr. Kale has 38 years of teaching and research experience. His subject area is Geomorphology. His main interest is in the field of fluvial and flood geomorphology, paleo-hydrology, Quaternary Geomorphology and landscape evolution. He has published 60 research papers in impact factor journals, including Nature, Geomorphology, Catena, Quaternary Science Reviews, Progress is Physical Geography, Climate Dynamics, International Journal of Climatology, Current Science, Journal Geological Society of India, etc. He has completed 12 research and consultancy projects. He recently completed a 4-year multi-national research project funded by the European Commission, Brussels. Dr. Kale has been a Research Associate at the University of Arizona, USA and the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmadabad and visiting professor/scholar/fellow at the University of East Anglia, UK, Penn State University, USA, Moscow State University, Russia, University of Tokyo, Japan, and Katholieke University, Belgium. In addition, he has attended 33 International Conferences in 18 countries. His awards include Merh Award in Quaternary Geology (2000) by the Geological Society of India, Bangalore. National Mineral Award (2002) by the Ministry of Mines, Government of India, New Delhi. JSPS Fellowship (2006) by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. V. K. Joag Award (2007) by University of Pune. Erasmus Mundus Fellowship (2009) by European Commission. R. Vidyanadhan Award in Geomorphology (2010) by the Geological Society of India, Bangalore

Amalia Castro Gomez
Remote Sensing Project Scientist

Data Applications Division EOP-SD
Science, Applications and Climate Department
Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes

Via Galileo Galilei, 00044 Frascati, Italy |
Telephone: +39 06 941 80 417

Amalia is a Remote Sensing Project Scientist currently working the European Space Research Institute of the European Space Agency (ESA/ESRIN). Her role supports the Earth Observation educational activities within the Science, Applications and Climate Department of the ESA Earth Observation Programmes Directorate.

Previously she worked as a Remote Sensing Analyst for Airbus in the UK. She holds a bachelor in Environmental Sciences by the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain, and a master in Geo-Information Sciences by the Wageningen University, The Netherlands.