Dr. Mioara Mandea
General Secretary of the European Geosciences Union and
Programme Manager for the Solid Earth Observation / Directorate for
Strategy and Programmes of Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales
Space Agency), Paris.
Mioara has a broad international education and has worked in Romania, France, and Germany. She graduated in Engineering in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Bucharest before earning doctorates from the University of Bucharest in geophysics and geophysical prospecting in 1993 and from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris in internal geophysics in 1996. In addition, she earned the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches from the University Paris VII in 2001. She worked with geosciences institutions and universities in Romania (Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Bucharest), in France (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris and Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), and Germany (Helmholtz Centre Potsdam — GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, University of Braunschweig and University of Potsdam).
Her research interests mainly concern measuring, mapping, and understanding the multitude of magnetic fields encountered in near Earth and near Earth-like planets. She has concentrated her work in important areas, participating in the general effort of measuring Earth’s magnetic field from ground to space, developing new tools to model the geomagnetic field and its secular variations (with a special emphasis on geomagnetic jerks), and using the geomagnetic information to determine physical properties in the deep Earth’s interior (with special studies on the lower mantle conductivity or motions at the core-mantle boundary). Her fields of research also include geopotential field mapping, on global or regional scales, with important implications for the understanding of rapid changes within the Earth’s system.
Mioara has published more than 200 papers (more than 100 being publications in ISI journals, the rest being contributions in further journals, books, and chapters in books, proceedings, and reports), and has been involved in organizing more than 50 workshops and conferences. She has also lead several multi-partner research projects and work packages within projects at the national and European levels.
She coedited Geomagnetic Observations and Models, Terrestrial Magnetism, and System Earth via Geodetic-Geophysical Space Techniques. Her papers and book chapters include Small-scale structure of the geodynamo inferred from Oersted and Magsat satellite data, Wavelet frames: an alternative to spherical harmonic representation of potential fields, Introducing POMME, the POtsdam Magnetic Model of the Earth, International Geomagnetic Reference Field — the eighth generation, and Evidence for geomagnetic jerks in comprehensive models.
Mioara is currently General Secretary of the European Geosciences Union, where she previously served as President of the Division Earth Magnetism and Rock Physics (2007–2011). She is also General Secretary of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA), President of the Geophysical Maps Commission of the Commission for the Geological Map of the World, and Chair of the Education Award Committee of the AGU.
She has been awarded the Van Straelen prize (French Geological Society) and the Hepites prize (Romanian Academy), and is also a Titular Member of the Academy of Romanian Scientists.
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