Prof Dr. Julia Pongratz holds a professorship for Physical Geography and Land Use Systems at the LMU Munich. Since 2021, she is the speaker of the BMBF Carbon Dioxide Removal programs CDRterra and coordinates its synthesis in CDRSynTra. She is member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Carbon Project, in which she also coordinates land use emission estimates for the annual global carbon budget, and AIMES ("Analysis, Integration & Modelling of the Earth System”), in which she co-chairs the working group on human-Earth system interactions. She contributed to various IPCC Assessment Reports. Julia studied geography in Munich and at the University of Maryland, then investigated land use change as a climate driver throughout the last millennium during her PhD work at the University of Hamburg, which won several awards. After a postdoc at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology in Stanford, looking into food security and geoengineering, Julia established a junior research group at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology on “Forest Management in the Earth System”. She now seeks to connect disciplines around the interactions of humans and ecosystems, including the topics of carbon dioxide removal and the multifunctionality of land on our way to climate neutrality.