Assistant Director – Laura Uelze
Laura is the current Assistant Director of ETIV. Originally from Germany, she lived the last 4 years in Dublin (Ireland). She studied Genetics at Trinity College Dublin and graduated with a PhD in Microbial Genetics. Laura has a huge passion for science and research and is happiest when learning new skills and while teaching, planning and organizing.
After four years living in Ireland and 8 years working in various laboratories, she was ready for some sunshine and a change of scenery, so Laura came to Brazil and joined ETIV in January 2017! She is our go-to person, responsible for anything from recruitment, volunteer contentment, house management and finances. Laura is outspoken and open minded and likes to solve problems.
Although not originally from a social science background, Laura is sticking up against mindless politics, injustice and environmental issues. She believes that science, technology and education have a positive impact on the world. Furthermore that data and stats are essential tools in helping us to create new, exciting and better ways of living and working. Laura also thinks that it takes both the courage and boldness to challenge outlived and harmful practices & beliefs, as well as more kindness and compassion for each other and the world that surrounds us.
When not found at the volunteer house, Laura is bouncing up and down on the waves. Although half blind without her glasses, she is slowly inching closer to a 6.5 foot surfboard.