Samuel Brieden, former predoctoral researcher at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB-IEEC), has received the SEA Thesis Award 2023 in astronomy and astrophysics for his doctoral thesis “From the Precision Era towards the Accuracy Era of Cosmology with DESI”.
The Spanish Society of Astronomy (SEA) has just announced the resolution of the 2023 SEA Thesis Awards, which recognize the doctoral theses with the greatest present and future impact defended during 2022, in the areas of astronomy and astrophysics, and instrumentation, computing, and technological development in astronomy.
The SEA Thesis Award 2023 in astronomy and astrophysics has been awarded ex-aequo to Samuel Brieden for his thesis carried out at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) under the supervision of Dr. Héctor Gil Marín and Prof. Licia Verde, and to Jorge Hernández Bernal for the work "Meteorological pheno mena on Mars studied with Mars Express VMC images”, carried out at the University of the Basque Country / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU), under the supervision of Prof. Agustín Sánchez Lavega and Dr. Teresa del Río Gaztelurrutia.
The SEA Thesis 2023 Award in instrumentation, computing and technological development in astronomy has been awarded to Francisco Javier Bailén Martínez, for his thesis “Spectropolarimetric and imaging properties of Fabry-Pérot etalons. Applications to solar instrumentation”, carried out at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) under the direction of Dr. David Orozco Suárez and Prof. Jose Carlos del Toro Iniesta.
The Board of Directors of the SEA has highlighted the very high level of the theses presented in the category and in view of the high quality of the work, has also decided to grant a special mention to Antonio Fuentes Fernández for the thesis “High-Resolution Imaging of Relativistic Jets and Supermassive Black Holes”, carried out at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) under the direction of Dr. José Luis Gómez.
The 2023 awards ceremony will take place at the opening ceremony of the next SEA Scientific Meeting, which will be held in Granada from July 15 to 19, 2024.
Information about the winners
Samuel Brieden studied Physics at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH), Aachen (Germany) and did his doctoral thesis at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the Univerisity of Barcelona (ICCUB-IEEC). He is currently doing a postdoctoral stay at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) of the University of Edinburgh.
Jorge Hernández completed his degree in Physical Sciences at the University of Salamanca (Usal) and after defending his thesis he obtained a postdoctoral contract at the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, of the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (Sorbonne University, Paris).
Francisco Javier Bailén has a degree in Physical Sciences from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), a master's degree in optical and imaging technologies from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM); he currently works as an optical engineer in the solar system department of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC).
To all of them, congratulations!