Claudia Alves de Jesus-Rydin is a Geotechnical Engineer, graduated from the New University of Lisbon. In 1999 she moved to Denmark in 1999 as a Marie Curie grant holder, carrying research on soil and groundwater organic contamination. After working as a senior consultant and project manager in both Denmark and Sweden, Claudia moved to Belgium to work as Scientific Officer at the European Research Council (ERC). Since 7 years she is the Programme Officer responsible Earth System science at the ERC. Furthermore, Claudia is an active member of the Gender Balance Working Group at the European Research Council.