Prize Winners 2022
The 2022 MERAC Prizes for the Best Early Career Researcher are awarded in
to Dr Helmer Koppelman (Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, USA) for his multi-faceted superb approach to the field of galactic archaeology.
to Dr Nuria Miret-Roig (Institut für Astrophysik, Vienna, Austria) for the discovery of about a hundred new free-floating planets.
New Technologies ((Instrumental/Computational/Multi-Messenger)
to Dr Ewelina Obrzud (Centre Suisse d’Electronique et Microtechnique (CSEM), Neuchâtel, Switzerland) for offering interesting solutions and concrete perspectives for the improvement of existing extreme RV-precision spectrographs for astronomy.
Dr Helmer Koppelman
Theoretical Astrophysics Merac Prize: For his multi-faceted superb approach to the field of galactic archaeology, which through a combination of fine theoretical models and simulations with the newest observational datasets, is transforming our understanding of the history and dynamics of the Milky Way.
Dr Nuria Miret-Roig
Observational Astrophysics Merac Prize: For the discovery of about a hundred new free-floating planets, which allowed the study of the origin of these exotic nomad planets. For the first time, she showed that free-floating planets are not only formed by the gravitational collapse of small cores (like low-mass stars) but also in planetary systems and then ejected via dynamical interactions.
Dr Ewelina Obrzud
New Technology Merac Prize: For offering interesting solutions and concrete perspectives for the improvement of existing extreme RV-precision spectrographs for astronomy, such as NIRPS, HARPS and ESPRESSO, as well as HIRES at the future ESO ELT. This work also attracted the attention of a wider interdisciplinary community including in particular those concerned with optical precision spectroscopy and nonlinear micro-photonics.