Christina Williamson Receives Schmauss Award 2023 for Atmospheric Aerosol Research

Christina Williamson, a researcher at the University of Helsinki's Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR), as well as TT research professor at FMI, was honored with the Schmauss Award 2023 during the European Aerosol Conference 2023 (EAC2023) in Malaga.

The Schmauss Award, presented annually, is named in memory of Dr. August Schmauss, a renowned aerosol researcher. It celebrates individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the study of atmospheric aerosols.

The award citation commended Williamson for her "outstanding ability to relate microphysics and chemistry of aerosol processes to atmospheric dynamics and global-scale climate." Her pioneering work in understanding aerosols measuring less than 2 nanometers, including her valuable contributions to analytical techniques, has been pivotal in comprehending the roles of ions, anthropogenic and natural emissions in nucleation and growth processes.

Further, “her work with data and interpretation from the NASA Atmospheric Tomography Mission, notably her research on Cloud Condensation Nuclei (CCN) formation in the upper troposphere, has greatly contributed to overall understanding of aerosol emissions, transport, processing and interactions on a global scale”.

The citation also recognizes Williamson´s communication of her findings to the general public, bridging the gap between complex scientific concepts and everyday understanding.

"I am very honoured to receive this award, and grateful to those who nominated me, supported my nomination and to the GAeF committee", says Williamson.

The award was presented by Prof. Gerhard Kasper, chair of the committee, along with Prof. Christof Asbach, the President of the European Aerosol Conference, and Dr. Sebastian Schmitt, the Treasurer. Christina Williamson's ability to convey the significance of aerosol science to a broader audience has played a crucial role in raising awareness about the environmental challenges we face.