Marina Papadopoulou is a first-year PhD student in the Groningen Institute of Evolutionary Life Sciences of RuG. During her PhD, she aims to develop computational models of collective escape of bird flocks. Marina got a Bachelor in Biology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), during which she focused on ecological modelling and conservation. Subsequently, with a research internship at the University of Glasgow (UK), she became enthusiastic about programming, which motivated her to complete a Master of Science in Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution from Imperial College London (UK). She is involved in multiple projects in a variety of research areas, from cultural evolution, collective behaviour and sustainable agriculture, to gender bias in evolutionary biology. Marina has been a volunteer in a wildlife rehabilitation center for 4 years and a helper to multiple local and international scientific conferences. As part of the program team, she now aims on having an equal gender representation of invited speakers during PhD Day and an interesting list of activities that will fit all different scientific backgrounds.
“Just being around so many motivated individuals is enough inspiration to try to create a unique event, useful and unforgettable for every young researcher.”