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Joana Leitão


Joana joined CATF in late 2020, joining the new Super Pollutants Europe based team. Joana comes to CATF from the Potsdam’s Institute for Advance Sustainability Sciences as an atmospheric scientist and expert in air pollutant emission inventories. In the recent years her work has mostly focused on the mobility sector, aiming to contribute to a transition to sustainable mobility. She has also organized and co-hosted of the last Global Sustainability Strategy Forum, a workshop funded by the Volkswagen Foundation that brought together international sustainability experts to discuss the role of science in society transformation towards a more sustainable future.

Joana brings to CATF more than ten years of experience in atmospheric sciences, ranging from satellite and ground-based observations, emission inventories, evaluation and assessment of air quality indicators in future climate scenarios and impact of atmospheric pollution on human health and ecosystems. Prior to CATF and the IASS, she worked as postdoc in the European Commission’s Joint Research Center, in the Air Quality and Climate Unit, where she worked on the development of the TM5-FASST source-receptor model and use to assess co-benefits of climate mitigation policies for air quality.

Joana graduated as an environmental engineer from Aveiro University (Portugal), and holds a Master of Sciences in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University (Netherlands). She also received a PhD in Environmental Physics from Bremen University – Germany.

Originally from Portugal Joana has lived in many European countries and has currently settled in Berlin – Germany. She speaks several languages and loves to travel.