Another big success: my master student Sebastian Zieba won the competition for the best poster at the TESS Science Conference at MIT in the US. Congratulations to Sebastian for his excellent work on exocomets around Beta Pictoris!
I am very proud that my master student Laura Ketzer won the price for the best poster and poster presentation at the Astromundus retreat in Belgrade. Congratulations for her excellent work on young gravity mode pulsators in Upper Scorpius and the Lagoon Nebula during her master thesis!
Very proud that one of my students, Sebastian Zieba, discovered the photometric signal of an exocomet around the star beta Pictoris. His letter was recently accepted by Astronomy & Astrophysics and can also be found on astro-ph.
I am proud to announce that my research and I were featured in a video produced by the FWF scilog team. You can watch it here https://scilog.fwf.ac.at/videos/wie-junge-sterne-ticken in German and here https://scilog.fwf.ac.at/en/videos/young-stars-makes-tick in English. Thanks a lot to FWF for this great opportunity!
The NASA mission TESS (https://tess.gsfc.nasa.gov/) is scheduled for launch on April 16, 2018, with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. TESS will identify extrasolar planets down to the size of our Earth in its all-sky transit survey. This means that a lot of data of the planets' host stars will be taken as well - including (hopefully many) young stars.
Fingers crossed for a successful launch!
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On Jan. 27, 2017, I received the award and grant of the Tyrolean Science Funds (TWF) for a one-year project with the title "The asteroseismic age of beta Pictoris" at the University of Innsbruck