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ERI and CRAC researcher selected for Aurora Leadership Programme
Dr Elena Gomez Alvarez, postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Research on Atmospheric Chemistry (CRAC) and based in the ERI Lee Road building, is one of a number of researchers in UCC recently selected for the prestigious Aurora Leadership Programme.
Aurora is the women-only leadership development programme developed by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in the UK in 2013, in response to research indicating that the level of women in influential and senior positions in higher education is now lower than 10 years ago.
Now in its sixth year, the programme is targeted at women in lecturer, senior lecturer, research and professional services roles across all academic disciplines and throughout university administration. It aims to introduce key leadership topics and skills in development workshops, complemented by networking, role models and guest speakers. Further on-going support is ensured through action learning, online resources and institutional level support including mentoring. In 2018 - 2019, UCC committed to making available up to 20 places on the Programme which will commence in Dublin in December 2018.
Elena completed her PhD research on the atmospheric chemistry of organic compounds at the EUPHORE atmospheric simulation chamber facility in Valencia, Spain. She then took up a postdoctoral position at the Laboratoire Chimie de l'Environnement (LCE), Aix-Marseille Université, France, where she initiated a new line of research on Indoor Air Quality. After securing a prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship to continue her research at UCC, Elena uses state-of-the-art mass spectrometry techniques to determine the chemical composition of atmospheric aerosols.