The G-STEP team is a collaboration between core G-STEP staff and University expertise providing access to world renowned cutting edge Earth Observation research.

G-STEP Core Personnel:

G-STEP Director

G-STEP Director Professor Paul MonksProfessor Paul S Monks

Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry
Department of Chemistry

Professor Paul Monks is a founding co-director of G-STEP. His primary research interests are: the role of photochemistry in the control of atmospheric composition;  the feedbacks between climate and atmospheric chemistry; organic complexity and the control of regional pollution and the measurement of tropospheric composition from space; chemistry and transport, particularly the impact of long-range transport on chemical composition. He is also actively involved in knowledge exchange with the forensic, security and health sectors. Paul  is a co-director of the UK Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation, a task leader for the EU-ACCENT network and a member of CACGP (Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution). He is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry and in 2004 he was awarded the EU Lillehamer Young Scientist award.


G-STEP Co-Director

Professor John RemediosRemedios

Head of Earth Observation Science
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Professor Remedios is a founding co-director of G-STEP and Head of Earth Observation Science in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester. John brings 20 years experience of studying Earth Observation (EO) satellite systems to G-STEP.  He is a specialist in thermal sensing of the land and ocean, global land cover and vegetation mapping, atmosphere compositon including dust in the atmosphere, greenhouse  gases, organic compounds, and stratospheric ozone. John received his DPhil. from Oxford University in 1991 for studies of infrared laboratory spectroscopy and remote sounding of the atmosphere. Professor Remedios is a member of the Earth Sciences Advisory Committee of the European Space Agency and Chair of the UK Defra GMES Atmosphere Networking Group.

G-STEP Co-Director

Professor Heiko BalzterBaltzer web

Head of Geography, Professor of Physical Geography
Department of Geography

Professor Balzter was founding director of the Centre for Environmental Research (CERES) at the University of Leicester, where his research investigates climate change, with a focus on monitoring and modelling. Since 2005 he has been advising the Royal Society’s Global Environment Committee on international environmental research issues as an elected member of the UK International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP) National Committee. The UK Government nominated Professor Balzter as an expert reviewer for the 4th Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

G-STEP Business Manager

Rhys CowsillMr Rhys Cowsill

G-STEP Business Manager

Rhys Cowsill is the G-STEP Business Manager and has oversight for implementing the G-STEP Strategic plan. His job is to liaise with business partners and to forge links between them and the University of Leicester’s research and technology experts.




Zolotikova biographyMrs Svetlana Zolotikova

Project Manager for European Collaborations


Svetlana brings to the G-STEP team fifteen years of experience in EC Research Project Management and International Relations gained at the Russian Academy of Science and the French National Centre for Science Research (CNRS). Svetlana holds a masters degree in Language Sciences and Scientific Writing from Russia and France.



G-STEP Departmental Collaboration:

Professor Alan Wells

G-STEP Professor Alan Wells

Emeritus Professor and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow
Department of Physics and Astronomy

In 1995 Professor Wells was appointed as the Founding Director of the University of Leicester’s Space Research Centre, a position which he held until 2003. He was also instrumental in the development and creation of the National Space Centre, Leicester’s £56million flagship Millennium project, where he remains a Non-Executive Director. During his time at Leicester, Professor Wells worked on ten space missions including NASA’s SWIFT mission to observe gamma ray bursts.  Professor Wells is now the NEREUS Representative for the East Midlands Region.


Anjuu biographyMs Anjuu Trevedi

Head of Regional Business Development

Enterprise and Business Development

Anjuu is responsible for generating new business collaborations and partnerships including the Innovation Partnerships Project which provides small grants to enable companies to work with the University of Leicester via secondments or graduate internships.  Anjuu is also responsible for regular engagement with regional development agencies such as DBIS, TSB, EMDA, Prospect Leicestershire, i-Nets, and Business Link.

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Professor Paul Monks
Director, G-STEP
Department of Chemistry
University of Leicester

Mr. Rhys Cowsill
Business Manager, G-STEP
Department of Chemistry
University of Leicester

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