Vivi Vajda is full professor in Earth Sciences at the Department of Geology, Lund University, Sweden. Her research is funded by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. After graduating in geology in 1989 and earning her Doctor degree in Palaeontology in 1998 at Lund University she did post-doctoral studies at the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, Wellington, New Zealand. Her main research interest concerns high-resolution biostratigraphical analysis of sediments, and a broad spectrum of geochemical procedures to resolve the timing, rates, and causes of Life’s most profound catastrophes, e.g. the Cretaceous-Paleogene (KT) mass-extinction event. She has not only published numerous international scientific papers but has also contributed to dissemination of science in the community by presenting her research through popular science articles, in television, radio and newspapers. In 2010 she received the award, “Geologist of the year 2010” by the Swedish Association of Geologists.
Professor Vajda was Swedish delegate of the European Federation of Geologists (EFG), HQ Brussels between 2006 and 2008. She is presently the chair of the Geological Society of Sweden and an elected member of the Swedish National Committee for Geological Sciences. She is further Member of the Swedish IGCP committee.