October 20th, 2017: Geo.X Career Day 2017 at Urania Berlin

The Career Day addresses all young researchers in the Geo.X partner programs who would like to gain insight into ways of balancing work and life in scientific careers. In the first part, ten speakers will share their personal experiences and strategies in an open space format. The participants will be invited to join the discussion on topics such as effective time management, coping with mobility requirements, combining research work and family and work-life balance outside of academia. In the afternoon, a plenary discussion with experts and decision makers from science policy and research funding will tackle the topic on a more general level.
You can find the program and further information here: or here:
The participation is free of charge. The number of participants is limited to 10 per program (in this case StRATEGy) and 100 altogether. First come first served.
Please register online by September 1, 2017 note: you will receive the binding confirmation of your participation in the beginning of September 2017, after the closing of the registration process.
Free childcare will be provided upon request. If you would like to use this service, please indicate it in the registration form. You will receive further information on the service after registering.

July 2017: Snow avalanches in Switzerland – Karolina Korzeniowska’s App awarded 3rd place in an international contest

Karolina Korzeniowskas‘s App about snow avalanches in Switzerland awarded 3rd place in an international contest organized by ESRI company. The results of this competition are available here, (please scroll down to “Science, Technology, and Education” category to see her App). Congratulations to Karolina!


March 2017: Snow avalanches in Switzerland

In a cooperation with WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland we have developed a new automatic object-based image analysis (OBIA) algorithm to detecting snow avalanches for a large region from ADS80 NIR aerial images. Our method shows potential in large-scale avalanche mapping, although further investigations into other regions are desirable to verify the stability of our selected thresholds and the transferability of the method. We also present a probability approach which determines, in an automatic way, the highest and the lowest parts of the avalanche, and thus its release zone, track, and runout zone, allowing easy analysis of the topographic condition of areas where the avalanche starts and where the snow is deposited.






Details of our method are available under the following link:


January 2017: Videos “Science Communication” online!

After attending the Communication course in November 2016, our ESRs are now finalized their video projects. The aim of the projects is to communicate Earth science topics to a broader audience.
The videos can be seen here:

Flood Hazards and Impacts in Turkey (Gamze Koc)
(or on youtube:

The real villain (Gino de Gelder)
(or on youtube:

The earth doesn´t work under laboratory conditions (Chris Berndt)
(or on youtube:

Why geosciences?_English Version (Ershad Gholamrezaie)
(or on youtube:

Why geosciences? Persian Version (Ershad Gholamrezaie)
(or on youtube:

What to do in case of an earthquake_English Version (Görkem Sivri)
(or on youtube:

What to do in case of an earthquake_Turkish Version (Görkem Sivri)
(or on youtube:

November 2016: Workshop “Science Communication”

Videos used in science communication

A 2-day workshop at the University of Potsdam focused on training of communication skills of the ALErT young research fellows (ESR). A professional team of a filmmaker and a cameraman introduced the group to filmmaking aspects and the possibilities of communicating research results to the public. The workshop trained the ability of the participants to engage in a two-way-conversation. The ESR learned how to use audiovisual media not only as an outreach tool but also as a method: In addition to exercises that helped to improve rhetorical skills, presentation and storytelling techniques, the group focused on skills usually “overlooked”: critical reflexivity on methods and disciplinary paradigms, active listening, empathy, and creativity. In these domains, audiovisual media offers a unique opportunity for geoscientists to critically reflect and “re-present” their work in an engaging and stimulating manner and to foster more interaction with their potential audiences.



 June 2016: Detecting changes

Our ALErT student Karolina Korzeniowska developed a new algorithm for the detection of lake boundaries using remote-sensing technologies which can be applied to counting lake-size variations. Although, the method was not jet applied to Turkish landscapes, the new technique provides interesting opportunities for detecting areas affected by natural hazards and climate change – also in Turkey. We are looking forward to apply the tools to the ALErT study area.

Here is a link to Karolina’s method:



Sept 2015: Midterm Review Meeting in Paris

In September 2015 the midterm review meeting was held in Paris at IPGP. All ESR, ER and principal investigators met with the EU officer and an external reviewer to evaluate the progress of the individual research projects.



May 2015: Video message to Nepal earthquake

Iain Stewart (Plymouth University) from our ITN initiative took this video blog in order to share some usefull information about the catastrophic Nepal earthquake on Apr 25.

March 27, 2015: Lecture by Prof. Bilham was a big success

An workshop on seismic hazards and the related political-administrative obstacles in dealing with the risk was a big success for the ITN network. More then 70 participants followed an invitation of the ALErT and discussed together with Roger Bilham (Boulder, USA) on the challenges of communicating Earth science knowledge. The workshop was part of the ITN training program.



March 27, 2015: Lecture by Prof. Bilham, CIRES, Boulder, USA

roger_bilhamALErT announces an invited talk by Prof. Roger Bilham, CIRES, Boulder (USA) on “The seismic future of cities – Implications for georisk analysis and geogovernance”. Roger Bilham will provide insights into this interesting topic from his personal long-term background of research and stakeholder-communication. The lecture will be followed by an open discussion and a get-together with snacks and drinks. Everybody is welcome, please come and join us! Further information; PDF 100 kB


February, 2015: Second Network wide retreat in Potsdam

In February 2015 the second ITN network wide retreat was held in Potsdam. All ESR, ER and principal investigators met in Potsdam to discuss the progress of the individual research projects and potentials of future collaboration. The meeting was combined with an intense 5-day training of the ESR and ER as part of the ITN training program.


January, 2015: Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris selected a Spanish candidate for the ALErT’s ER 1 fellow

FernandezDavid Fernández-Blanco from Madrid (SP) has been hired as Post-doc (ER) at IPGP, starting from January 15th, 2015. David is graduated, BSc and MSc, from the Universidad de Oviedo, Spain. Then he finished his PhD at the Vrije Univ. Amsterdam in the frame of TopoEurope initiative under supervision of G. Bertotti. He also collaborated with S. Willett at the ETH Zürich, where he spent several periods. During his PhD, David investigated the vertical movements and basin evolution at the south margin of Central Anatolian Plateau as well as the geodynamic mechanisms responsible for its formation. David will work with Robin Lacassin and Rolando Armijo in Paris on the vertical movements (uplift, subsidence, basin formation) since the Messinian salinity crisis on the SW Anatolian coast and Aegean arc.

October, 2014: University of Plymouth selected a German candidate for the ALErT’s ESR 11 fellow

IckertJohanna Ickert has been hired as PhD’s student at Plymouth University, starting from October 1st, 2014. She studied communication science and cultural anthropology (M.A.) at Humboldt University of Berlin where she graduated with distinction. In 2008 Ickert began studying documentary filmmaking at the Potsdam Film & Television Academy (HFF Konrad Wolf) where she was granted a scholarship of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and also graduated with disctinction. She is known for both her films about climate change as well as her active involvement in transdisciplinary approaches. Since 2009 she worked as a concept developer, director and editor for institutions such as „Sein im Schein Filmproduktion“ and „Climate Media Factory“ and the Potsdam Research Cluster for Georisk Analysis, Environmental Change and Sustainability (PROGRESS). In her PhD research, she will critically explore from an anthropological perspective the social and cultural context in which project scientists communicate geological knowledge on seismic hazards.

October, 2014: University of Potsdam selected a Turkish candidate for the ALErT’s ESR 9 fellow

GamzeGamze Koc from Ankara (TR) has joined ALErT Project for the ESR9 position at the Universitat Potsdam, starting from 1st October 2014. Gamze was graduated from Hacettepe University Hydrogeology Engineering (B.Sc.) and she has a Master Degree (M.Sc.) about GIS-Based Erosion Modeling in Hacettepe University Institute of Science, Geological Engineering Department . She is interested in hydrology, GIS and Remote Sensing Analyses in geology, erosion and sediment transport, water erosion processes. Her current research will be focused on rainfall-extreme events, flooding, erosion, and sediment-transport processes along the flanks of the Anatolian Plateau.

September, 2014: Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul selected two candidates for the ALErT’s ESR 5 and ESR 8 fellows

Christopher BerndtChristopher Berndt has been hired for the position ESR 5 at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU)  starting from September 2014. He finished his Master of Science in Geosciences-Geology at the University of Jena. His master thesis was “Combined micropalaeonotological and heavy mineral investigation of Holocene sediments from Elaia, the ancient harbour city of Pergamum (Turkey)”.

KevinKevin McClain has been hired for the position ESR 8 at the Istanbul Technical Universty (ITU) starting from September 2014. He finished his Master of Science in Physical Geography at the Uppsala University. His master thesis was “Prediction of ice flow on Storglaciären from mass balance measurements using ArcGIS.

September, 2014: Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir selected two candidates for the ALErT’s ESR 2 and ESR 6 fellows

HasimogluBurak Haşimoğlu has been hired for the position ESR 2 at the Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology (IMST) of Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) starting from September 2014. He finished his Master Program in Norwegian at the University of Science and Technology (Trondheim, NORWAY). His master thesis was 3D Mapping of Fault Structures of Gullfaks Oil Field, North Sea. He has gained experience about seismic interpretation programs Kingdom Suite, SeisWork and ProMax softwares and worked in the industry.

ErshadErshad Gholamrezaie has been hired for the position ESR 6 at the Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology (IMST) of Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) starting from September 2014. He finished his Master Program in Geophysics at Uppsala University in Sweden. His master thesis was about the processing and interpretation of time lapse seismic data to monitor a small scale of injected CO2. He has some experiences in different fields of geophysical data acquisition and processing such as 2D and 3D seismic, gravity, geoelectric, and magnetic methods.

June, 2014: Comenius University in Bratislava selected a Turkish candidate for the ALErT’s ESR 7 fellow

Müge AtalarMüge Atalar from Turkey has been hired for the ESR7 position at the Comenius University in Bratislava, starting from August 1st, 2014. Her PhD will focuse on the palaeoclimate changes using varied proxy data (palaeontological and non-palaeontological) throughout the Late Cenozoic in Central Anatolia Plateau. Müge was graduated at the Mersin University (Bc.) and Marine Geology and Geophysics from Dokuz Eylül University (MSc.). She has four year working experiences in physical geology, sedimentology, geochemistry, geophysics and she attended the palynology and palaeontology courses. She participated in students exchange and internships at University of Bremen.

June, 2014: ORACLE selected a Russian candidate for the ALErT’s ER2 fellow

RomanRoman Katerinenko has joined ALErT from St. Petersburg, Russia, on June 1, 2014. He is going to work at Oracle Labs in Potsdam, and will focus on optimising an implementation of the R programming language as well as building semantic abstractions for geo-spatial data. Roman holds a doctoral degree from National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics in St. Petersburg, where he used to work as an Android software engineer at DevExperts.

May, 2014: BSF Swissphoto selected a Polish candidate for the ALErT’s ESR10 fellow

KK_photoKarolina Korzeniowska has been hired as PhD’s student at BSF, starting from May 5th, 2014. She finished Bachelor study in Physical Geography and Master study with honors in Geography with Geographic Information Systems specialization at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Karolina has four year experience working in GIS and Photogrammetry: MGGP Aero Sp. z o.o. in Poland, Vienna University of Technology, and Vermessung Schmid ZT GmbH in Austria. She participated in student’s exchanges and internships at University of Belgrade, Serbia; Vienna University of Technology, Austria; Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria.

May, 2014: University of Potsdam selected a Turkish candidate for the ALErT’s ESR4 fellow

sivri_CV_photoGörkem Sivri started his work at Taylor Schildgen’s team in Potsdam on May 1st, 2014. Görkem has a Master`s degree (in Earth System Science, Eurasian Institute of Earth Sciences, Istanbul Technical University) and a Bachelor´s in Chemistry, Bogazici University, Istanbul. His current research is focused on understanding the intertwining of tectonic, climatologic and geomorphological processes in the Central Anatolian Plateau during the Holocene period; the main tools used being cosmogenic nuclide (Be-10) analysis and lipid biomarkers. He is also interested in numerical modelling of tsunamis.

April, 2014: Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris selected a Dutch candidate for the ALErT’s ESR3 fellow

Gino profileGino de Gelder from Utrecht (NL) has been hired as PhD’s student at IPGP, starting from April 1st, 2014. Gino will work at Robin Lacassin’s and Rolando Armijo’s team in Paris. His PhD will focus on the tectonic evolution of SW Anatolia and the Aegean arc, linked with Anatolia extrusion and Messinian salinity crisis. Gino is graduated, BSc and MSc, from Utrecht University, and has already a remarkable international mobility record with internships in Ankara, Wellington (New-Zealand), Luxembourg and Utrecht.

January, 2014: Uni Roma Tre selected a Turkish candidate for the ALErT’s ESR1 fellow

Nazik180x136Nazik Ögretmen from Istanbul has been enrolled as first PhD’s student of the ALErT program starting from January 1st 2014. Nazik will work at the team of Domenico Cosentino at Uni Roma Tre. Her research is based on a B.S. Degree in Geological Engineering with Certificate of Remarkable Achievement and a M.S. Degree in Earth System Sciences.

November 18, 2013: Call now open for new PhD and Postdoc/ Technician positions

ALErT is seeking to fill 11 positions for PhD candidates and 2 positions for young research fellows (postdoc/ technician level). Positions are offered from February 1, 2014 onwards. Application deadline is December 31, 2013.

Please note that all PhD positions are available for 36 months duration, whereas postdoc/ technician positions are available for 24 months.

> Detailed descriptions of all job advertisements

October 6-7, 2013: Kick-off meeting in Istanbul

The ALErT project did officially start with a Kick-off meeting in Istanbul on October 6-7, 2013. All principle investigators of the initiative attended the meeting, accompanied by administrators of University of Potsdam and Istanbul Technical University. The main objective of the meeting was to define common rules for the upcoming job advertisements. Moreover, the schedule of main training events was updated.

October 1, 2013: Official start of the project

The official project run time of ALErT starts. The duration of the project will be until September 30, 2017. The grant agreement has been signed between the full partners and EU.