IRTG Travel Grants Programme

PhD researcher Nina Maherndl presented her research at the 40th AMS Radar Conference in Minneapolis

Thanks to the (AC)³ IRTG Travel Grant, I was able to travel to Minneapolis (USA) to present my research at the 40th AMS Radar Conference. From August 28th to September 1st the AMS radar community met to discuss cutting-edge (radar) science under the theme “Leveraging Current and Emerging Radar Technologies to Pave the Way Toward New Discoveries and Capabilities” after a two-year delay due to the pandemic. The program consisted of 28 oral sessions, three formal poster viewings, six keynote presentations, and an (all female) panel discussion. Since one of the nine conference themes was “Microphysical Studies with Radar”, my research on riming during HALO-(AC)³ using airborne radar and in situ data fit right in.

It was nice to see Brian Lo, a PhD student from the University of Reading, again. I also got to meet a lot of new people – scientists at all career stages – during the icebreaker event on Monday evening and throughout the rest of the week. I especially enjoyed conversations and discussions with Annakaisa von Lerber (Finnish Meteorological Institute), Kamil Mroz (University of Leicester), Lynn McMurdie (University of Washington), and Troy Zaremba (University of Illinois).

I am proud to say that I won one of the student prizes, which were awarded to seven out of 80 student presentations. My talk “Airborne Observations of Riming in Arctic Mixed-Phase Clouds during HALO-(AC)³” won first place in oral presentations.

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Minneapolis and am looking forward to implementing new ideas now that I am back in Leipzig. Attending the 40th AMS Radar Conference has definitely helped to advance my research project.

A list of all funded travel grants can be found on the IRTG page here.

Awardies of the student prizes during the 40th AMS Radar Conference, Minneapolis
Awardies of the student prizes during the 40th AMS Radar Conference, Minneapolis