Alice Portal currently works as a PostDoc in the Geography Institute of the University of Bern within the Climate-Impact group led by Prof. Olivia Martius. Her research project contributes to the MedCyclones COST action efforts, focusing on the relation between cyclones and compound weather extremes in the Mediterranean region.
After completing her MSc in theoretical physics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Alice obtained a PhD jointly from the University of Milano – Bicocca and from Ecole Normale Superieure (PSL, Paris), with a thesis entitled “The influence of land temperatures on the winter mid-latitude atmospheric circulation”.
Her scientific interests lie around the domains of large- and synoptic-scale atmospheric dynamics, but she is also engaged in the questions behind the communication of climate and weather emergencies to a wide public.
Alice has also received two EMS Awards in recent past:
- At the virtual EMS Annual Meeting 2021 she was selected for the Innovative Presentation award for her inventive video presentation on Predictions of the boreal winter stratosphere with the C3S multi-model seasonal forecast system.
- and in 2022 she received one of the EMS Young Scientist Conference Awards to attend the EMS 2022 in Bonn.
Alice has also been part of the selection committee for the Outstanding Poster Award in 2022 and 2023.