Astrid Kiendler-Scharr is scientific director of the institute for tropospheric research IEK-8, at Forschungszentrum Jülich and full professor at University Cologne, Physics, since 2012. She studied physics at Innsbruck university, Austria and did her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg in Germany. Since her PhD thesis she is an expert in the development and application of mass spectrometric techniques for the detection of trace species in the atmosphere. Her research focus is on atmospheric chemistry and the formation of secondary aerosols. She was lead author of the IPCC sixth assessment report chapter on short lived climate forcers. Since 2021 she is also chair of the German climate consortium, DKK.