Noelle Selin awarded Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship

MIT IDSS
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Noelle Selin, Associate Professor of IDSS and EAPS has been awarded a Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship at the Technical University of Munich Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS).

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Named after TUM professor Hans Fischer (1881-1945), who was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1930, this competitive fellowship brings together TUM researchers and outstanding international scientists to explore innovative, high-risk topics in their scientific research areas, with the goal of making a long-term impact. Over her three years as Fellow, Noelle Selin will make frequent visits to Germany to work with TUM faculty and students on research aimed at better understanding science-policy interactions in the field of environment. She will also interact with faculty and students at TUM’s Master’s program in Politics and Technology.

“I’m very much looking forward to using this opportunity to learn more about international perspectives on technology and policy, both from a research and teaching perspective,” says Selin. “I am also looking forward to building further connections between IDSS and our colleagues at TUM.”


Noelle Eckley Selin is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Data, Systems and Society and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Her research uses atmospheric chemistry modeling to inform decision-making on air pollution, climate change and hazardous substances such as mercury and persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Professor Selin received her PhD from Harvard University in Earth and Planetary Sciences as part of the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group, where she developed and evaluated a global, 3D model of mercury pollution. Prior to her current appointment, she was a research scientist with the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.

In addition to her scientific work, she has published articles and book chapters on the interactions between science and policy in international environmental negotiations, in particular focusing on global efforts to regulate hazardous substances. Previously, she was a research associate with the Initiative on Science and Technology for Sustainability at Harvard’s Kennedy School, a visiting researcher at the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen, Denmark, and worked on chemicals issues at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On campus, Professor Selin is also affiliated with the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and the MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences.