Dr. Nabil Khélifi holds a BSc in Natural Sciences and a MSc in Earth & Environmental Sciences from the University of Sfax in Tunisia (2004). He received fellowships from the global change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START) in 2005 and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from 2006 to 2010 to continue with his PhD studies in Marine Geosciences at the University of Kiel in Germany.
After his PhD in 2010, Dr. Khélifi received a postdoctoral research grant from the German Science Foundation (DFG) to start his self-designed research projects at the GEOMAR Ocean Research Centre in Kiel, Germany on reconstructing past changes in oceanography and climate in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea using marine sediment samples retrieved by the International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and applying foraminiferal and geochemical proxy methods. He presented his research findings at many international conferences and published in highly ranked scientific journals.
Dr. Khélifi also received funding from the European Science Foundation (ESF) and some European universities to co-organize two workshops on Pliocene climate in Bordeaux, France (2009) and Bristol, UK (2013). He also received the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (SGES) to continue with his research projects at ETH Zurich, Switzerland in early 2014. Although his interest in scientific research remains strong, Dr. Khélifi decided in March 2014 to pursue his career as a Publishing Editor with Springer Research Group at Springer Nature in Heidelberg, Germany. He is mainly responsible for developing the Springer’s publishing program in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). The program currently consists of developing 15 peer reviewed journals and publishing about 40 scientific books per year. Dr. Khélifi also helps researchers in MENA countries publish their work by delivering educational seminars for authors, reviewers, and journal editors to help improve publication output and quality.