By Christophe Le Gall |
Who are you?
I’m a marine geologist, my PhD was about the upwelling system off Peru. And after that, I’ve started to work as a science manager. I have been working at GEOMAR for 20 years; most of the time as project manager for the German-Russian joint project KOMEX (Kurile Okhotsk Sea Marine Experiment). In 2004, I moved to the AWI and became scientific assistant to the Director, and since 4 years I am the head of the international cooperation at the AWI, working with the Eurofleets program.
Can you describe us your job?
My main job is to help AWI scientist in establishing and performing international cooperation. My main job at the moment is the coordination of EU-PolarNet. This project advises the European Commission in polar research.
Why did you choose this job?
When I finished my PhD, my choices were either to leave Germany and live elsewhere or to take a job I was offered as science manager for the KOMEX project. At that time, I would have no position as a scientist in Germany, but I preferred to stay in Germany instead of accepting a grant in Cape Town.
What will be your tasks during the cruise?
My tasks is to help everybody to find their way. I’ve no dedicated scientific task, I will support the scientific crew. Maybe I can contribute to the sediment sampling when it starts.
What do you like (most) in your work ?
I like the interaction with the international colleagues, the cultural differences and approaches about the work. That’s very nice!