National Centre of Competence in Research PlanetS
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Schönbächler Maria, Prof. Dr.

Volatiles in the solar system, Academic Platform, ETH Zürich, Inst. f. Geochemie und Petrologie
Project Leader 2/ Subproject Leader 2.3
8092 Zürich
+41 44 632 37 92

Please give us a personal quote or a quote of a famous person (e.g. of Albert Einstein) that describes you and your life/work.
“Stay true to yourself.” (unknown)

Please describe your job in only one sentence and tell us what the most important goal of this work is.
Research and teaching – I focus on analyses of geological materials (terrestrial and extraterrestrial) in the laboratory with the goal to truly understand the formation of our solar system and our planet Earth.

How did you get into this research/work field?
Fascination for planets and natural sciences. I started with our planet Earth as a geologist and then moved to extraterrestrial bodies.

What would be the greatest discovery you would like to see in your life time?
A second Earth.

You work for the NCCR PlanetS. What do you think will the NCCR enable you to do you couldn’t do without it?
It creates an interdisciplinary community that fosters and encourages work with people from outside my field that I would not ordinarily meet on a regular basis.

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