Celebrating Paolo Laj's Contributions to ACTRIS
30 Jan 2024

As we prepare to bid farewell to Paolo Laj, we take a moment to reflect on the remarkable contributions of Paolo Laj, whose commitment has been instrumental in shaping the trajectory of ACTRIS over the past two decades.

Paolo Laj's involvement with ACTRIS dates back to its very inception, from the conceptualization stage onwards. His leadership has been pivotal in guiding ACTRIS through its preparation, and implementation phases, entering the ESFRI roadmap and culminating in its establishment as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) in April 2023. Under his guidance as Scientific Chair in the last 3 years, ACTRIS has emerged as a key player in the landscape of atmospheric research, fostering collaboration and driving innovation in the pursuit of advancing atmospheric science.

On May 1st, Paolo will be transitioning to a new role at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, where he will lead the Atmospheric Environment Research Division in the Science and Innovation Department Secretariat. While his departure marks the end of an era for ACTRIS, it also signifies a continuation of his dedication to advancing atmospheric science on a global scale. Eija Juurola, ACTRIS ERIC Interim Director General, acknowledges Paolo's significant role in the organization's journey. "Paolo Laj has been instrumental in shaping ACTRIS into the thriving research community it is today," says Juurola. "His leadership, dedication, and vision have been invaluable, and we are grateful for his contributions."

Indeed, Paolo's legacy within ACTRIS is one of innovation, collaboration, and excellence. His visionary leadership has propelled the organization to new heights, laying the foundation for continued success in the years to come. 

As we reflect on Paolo's tenure, we recognize his legacy of excellence and collaboration within ACTRIS. His leadership has laid the groundwork for continued success, and we wish him all the best in his new endeavors at the WMO.