Marlene Kretschmer is a junior professor of climate causality at the Leipzig Institute for Meteorology in Germany. She completed her Ph.D. in Climate Physics at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), where her research delved into the drivers and impacts of the stratospheric polar vortex. Following her doctoral studies, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Reading, UK. Her work encompasses a wide array of research interests, including teleconnections, detection and attribution of extreme weather and climate events, subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) predictions, and the drivers of regional climate change. Her multidisciplinary approach lies in bridging the gap between statistical and physical methods and she places a strong emphasis on employing advanced causality methods and harnessing cutting-edge machine learning techniques to advance our understanding of complex climate dynamics.