Karin van der Wiel and Gabriele Messori receive Young Scientist Award 2021

With two outstanding candidates the Awards Committee selected two recipients for this year’s EMS Young Scientist Award (YSA):

Karin van der Wiel, The Netherlands, receives the YSA for her important contribution to understanding the meteorological and climatological impacts on renewable energy shortfall, and for her constant outreach activities in climate science.

Karin van der Wiel (Young Scientist Awardee 2021)
Karin van der Wiel, The Netherlands (photo: KNMI)

Karin van der Wiel was nominated with the publication: Meteorological conditions leading to extreme low variable renewable energy production and extreme high energy shortfall, 2019, K. van der Wiel, L.P. Stoop, B.R.H. van Zuijlen, R. Blackport, M.A. van den Broek, F.M. Selten, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 111, pp. 261-275, DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2019.04.065.

Karin’s recent research has focused on understanding (changing) climate extremes and how these impact society or natural systems. With different, often interdisciplinary, teams she has shown the importance of considering the internal variability in climate impact-oriented research. Other work concerns understanding the atmospheric dynamics of climate variability, and climate attribution.

Gabriele Messori, Italy/Sweden, receives the YSA award for his ground-breaking contribution to the understanding of planetary wave-breaking and storm-track variability and their link to mid- and high-latitude weather extremes.

Gabriele Messori (Young Scientist Awardee 2021)
Gabriele Messori, Sweden/Italy (photo: private)

Gabriele Messori was nominated with the publication: On the Drivers of Wintertime Temperature Extremes in the High Arctic, 2018, G. Messori, C. Woods, R. Caballero, J. Climate, 31, pp. 1597-1618, DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0386.1

Gabriele became interested in extreme events in the climate system while finishing a Master thesis in physics at Imperial College London in 2010, and has worked on the topic ever since. In recent years, he has investigated the predictability and large-scale atmospheric controls of a broad range of mid and high-latitude extreme events in past, current and future climates. He works on combining approaches from diverse fields to study climate extremes: from dynamical systems theory to machine learning and ensemble modelling.


Award Lectures

Both Awardees will give an Award Lecture during the EMS Annual Meeting in September:

Gabriele Messori: Monday, 6 September at 14:05 (CEST) in Session UP3.3 Synoptic Climatology: Wintertime temperature extremes in the high Arctic: drivers, statistics and implications for the mid-latitudes

Karin van der Wiel: Thursday, 9 September at 14:00 (CEST) in Session OSA2.3 Energy meteorology: Wind droughts and winter cold threaten Europe’s future energy security,

Award presentation

The Awardees will be honoured in an awards event: Serving society – furthering science – developing applications –Meet our awardees on the Opening day, 3 September 2021 (Friday).

To find out about our two outstanding awardees visit their profiles:



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