Veronika Eyring is Head of the Earth System Model Evaluation and Analysis Department at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Institute of Atmospheric Physics. She is Professor and Chair of Climate Modelling at the University of Bremen and maintains a strong collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR, USA) as Affiliate Scientist. Close collaboration also exists with the DLR Climate Informatics Group in Jena that she founded in 2017 and with her co-PIs of the European Research Council (ERC) Synergy Grant on “Understanding and Modelling the Earth System with Machine Learning (USMILE)” Markus Reichstein, Gustau Camps-Valls and Pierre Gentine. Veronika’s research focuses on Earth system modeling and process-oriented model evaluation and analysis, including artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, to better understand the Earth system and climate change, and to improve the models. She has authored many peer-reviewed journal articles and has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) ozone assessments since 2004. Veronika is involved in the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) since many years, for example through her roles as Chair of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) Panel (2014-2020) and member of scientific steering committees including the Working Group on Coupled Modeling (WGCM) from 2008-2018 and the WCRP Data Advisory Council’s (WDAC) Observations for Model Evaluation Task Team. She was PI of the Earth System Model Evaluation Tool (ESMValTool) until 2020 and is a member of the European Lab for Learning & Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) since 2019. Veronika received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 2021 for her significant contributions to improving the understanding and accuracy of climate projections through process-oriented modeling and model evaluation.