Dania Achermann studied history and geography in Zurich and received her “Lizenziat” (eq. MA) in the spring of 2010. For her thesis, she worked on the history of snow and avalanche research in Switzerland and the shift towards the creation of a modern scientific discipline in the 1930s.
From 2010 until 2014, she was a PhD student at LMU Munich and Aarhus University in Denmark, as well as at the Institute for Atmospheric Physics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). In her dissertation, she focused on the history of atmospheric sciences in Germany and on the concept of institutional identities. Her research was funded by the DLR and the Aarhus Graduate School of Science and Technology.
Between 2014 and 2017, Dania was a postdoc at the Centre for Science Studies at Aarhus University, where she was part of the research project “Shaping Cultures of Prediction: Knowledge, Authority, and the Construction of Climate Change.”
Currently, she is a guest researcher at the Cluster of Excellence “Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction” (CliSAP) in Hamburg and works with the group “Understanding Sciencen in Interaction.”
Dania Achermann is interested in the history of atmospheric and climate science, environmental history, and interdisciplinarity, and engages in questions concerning communication and cooperation across disciplinary boundaries. For more information see her website.
Dissertation: Institutionelle Identität im Wandel: Zur Geschichte des Instituts für Physik der Atmosphäre in Oberpfaffenhofen (312 pp., Verlag Transcript, ISBN 978-3-8376-3142-5)