Jérôme Chappellaz

Research Director, First Class, at the CNRS and head of the LGGE’s Carottes - Climat - Chimie (Ice Cores - Climate - Chemistry) team.

An expert in the evolution of greenhouse gases within the atmosphere on various time scales, he coordinates French research surrounding ice cores drilled in polar regions and represents France in international committees for this scientific field. He has taken part in seven expeditions in Antarctica and Greenland, and he is currently initiating an ambitious project for the European Research Council (ERC).
He has published more than 160 articles, including 115 in peer-reviewed journals and more than 20 in the prestigious journals Nature and Science. For more than a decade now, the impact of his publications has placed him in the select category of the most highly cited researchers in geosciences worldwide (http://www.jerome-chappellaz.com). A Knight of the French National Order of Merit, Jérôme received the CNRS Bronze Medal in 1993 and the Silver Medal in 2015, the Jaffé Award from the Académie des Sciences in 2001, the Shackleton Medal for scientific innovation from the European Association of Geochemistry in 2013, and the Niels Bohr Institute Medal of Honour in 2014.

Patrick Ginot

Research engineer, First Class, at the IRD, the OSUG and the LGGE.

A glaciologist and a geochemist, he is an expert in the reconstruction of our past climate and environment using ice cores extracted from the highest glaciers in the world (the Andes and the Himalayas). As a coordinator of French research surrounding non-polar ice cores, he has both coordinated and participated in the majority of French and international drilling missions in the Andes and at other high-altitude sites. Within his position at the IRD, he conducts his research in partnership with the institutions and universities of the South through long missions or multi-year assignments abroad, primarily in the Andes (Bolivia 2006–2010 and from 2015 onwards). Monitoring and understanding glacial retreat, the impact of human activity and the connection between glaciers and the atmosphere are central to his research. The results of such research strengthen our knowledge of hydrological cycles and the changes in water resources.

Carlo Barbante

Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry and currently Director of the CNR Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes in Venice.

He has a highly prominent international profile and, over the past fifteen years, has made substantial contributions to environmental and climate sciences. His particular strength is the ability to span fields by contributing to ice core geochemistry, analytical chemistry, palaeoclimatology, environmental contamination, atmospheric chemistry and synthesising findings from across these diverse fields. He is most noted for his contributions to the fields of palaeoclimatology and past biogeochemical cycles. Specifically, these contributions include the reconstruction of past atmospheric pollution through polar and Alpine ice core analysis, as well as the development and use of novel analytical approaches based on inorganic/organic mass spectrometry. In all of these fields, Prof Barbante has played a substantial role in the production and understanding of datasets that have revolutionised our knowledge of Earth system history. He is an ERC Senior Grant awardee and currently the Italian National Delegate to the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme for the Societal Challenge ‘Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials’. He is a member of several national academies and received the La Belgica Prize in 2014 for his research in Antarctica.

Margit Schwikowski

Head of the Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland and Titular Professor at the University of Bern.

Her main research interest is reconstructing anthropogenic pollution, environmental conditions, and climate variability from mid- and low-latitude, high-alpine glacier ice cores, and her contribution to this field is internationally well-recognized. Further, she is an expert in dating of ice from glaciers, perennial ice fields, and permafrost areas, developing dedicated analytical instruments and methods as well as ice coring equipment, and determining the influence of impurities on snow and ice albedo. Margit Schwikowski has acted as leader of more than 20 scientific ice core expeditions to high-alpine glaciers in Argentina, Chile, Mongolia, Russia, Svalbard, Switzerland, and Tanzania, published more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Currently she is president of Snow, Ice and Permafrost Society of the Swiss Academy of Sciences and member of Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. Margit is part of the European Ice Memory steering committee since summer 2017.