Klara Johanna Winkler

Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University

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“In the end, it'll be ok and if it is not ok, it is not the end yet.”

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I am a researcher looking at sustainability activities and how we can foster them in society.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I am a curious person and as a city kid, I was interested in studying the "unknown" the environment because it made absolutely no sense to me why we were overusing our resources. Later, I realized I was also motivated by my grandfather who held a deep relationship with the land around him and that we didn't consider that enough in our research on how to manage land/ the environment/ nature.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

Being happy without fulfilling societal expectations on me as a woman - pursuing an academic career, moving countries, and being happy without the traditional expected status symbols.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

Asking the questions I am curious about and being allowed to follow up my thoughts.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Own it and don't believe anyone who suggests that there is 'one' way.

INSPO / FUN FACT

“In the end, it'll be ok and if it is not ok, it is not the end yet.”

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