IDIA is pleased to welcome Prof. Ewine F. van Dishoeck from Leiden Observatory (Leiden University) who will be our next speaker for the SEADS Series. Prof. van Dischoeck is the current President of the International Astronomical Union.
The elements we know, from helium to uranium, are made in stars. Now, research is looking into how these elements combine – still in space – to form the basic building blocks of life; organic molecules. Prof. Ewine van Dishoek is visiting UWC on Wednesday 29 January 2020 and will share the latest research in the field of astrochemistry.
Professor Ewine F. van Dishoeck is professor of molecular astrophysics at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She graduated at Leiden in 1984 and held positions at Harvard, Princeton and Caltech before returning to Leiden in 1990. The work of her group innovatively combines the world of chemistry with that of physics and astronomy to study the molecular trail from star-forming clouds to planet-forming disks. She has mentored several dozens of students and postdocs and has been heavily involved in planning new observational facilities such as Herschel, ALMA and JWST. She has received many awards, including the 2000 Dutch Spinoza award, the 2015 Albert Einstein World Award of Science, and the 2018 Kavli Prize for Astrophysics. She is a Member or Foreign Associate of several academies, including that of the Netherlands, USA, Germany and Norway. Since 2007, she is the scientific director of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA). As of 2018, Ewine serves as the president of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
Date: Wednesday, 29 January 2020
Location: Room 1.35, 1st floor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of the Western Cape