kschroeder sKatrin Schroeder is Researcher at the Marine Science Institute of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-ISMAR). Her major research interests are experimental studies in physical oceanography, mainly of the deep waters in the Mediterranean Sea. In particular, her research is focused on: dynamic processes influencing the water mass characteristics and distribution; interannual variability of the physical and biogeochemical properties of Mediterranean water masses; mass, salt, heat and nutrient exchanges through the channels of Sicily and Corsica, the driving force of the Mediterranean circulation. During the Conference she has been awarded “for her important contribution to the understanding of the physical oceanography of the western Mediterranean, her leading role in the second MedCLIVAR book and active contribution to the MedCLIVAR activities”.