Katja Matthes is designated director of GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. Born in Berlin, Katja Matthes studied meteorology and completed her PhD at Freie Universität Berlin. Following her doctorate, she worked for several years at the renowned National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, USA with a Marie Curie fellowship awarded by the European Commission. After returning from America in 2007, she held teaching and management positions at the FU Berlin and at the Helmholtz Center Potsdam, German Research Center for Geosciences, where Professor Matthes headed a Helmholtz-University Young Investigators Group. In 2012, she was recruited as a full professor for “Physics of the Atmosphere” at GEOMAR and the Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel. Together with other women in leading positions, she founded the Women’s Executive Board at GEOMAR in 2013 and headed the research division “Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics” for the last two years.
Professor Matthes is an expert in the field of climate variability and climate change, especially the influence of the Sun on the climate. She is author or co-author of more than 75 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, a contributing author of the current 6th IPCC report, and member of various national and international committees. Her research contributes to the better quantification of anthropogenic climate change and to the improvement of short-term climate predictions.