Paola Pinilla receives Sofja Kovalevskaja Award from the Humboldt Foundation
As one out of six international research talents, Paola Pinilla will be awarded the prestigious Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in November 2018. This will enable the young scientist to set up her own research group at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg starting next year.
With a prize money of up to 1.65 million Euros, the Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize is one of the most renowned scientific awards in Germany. It is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and aims in enabling outstanding young scientists to set up a working group for an innovative project at a German research institute of their choice.
One of the prize winners is Dr. Paola Pinilla from Colombia, who will start in 2019 at the MPIA to investigate the formation of new planets. She will set up her new research group in the Planet- and Star Formation - department (PSF) of MPIA Director Prof. Dr. Thomas Henning.
Paola Pinilla already knows Heidelberg and its astronomical research very well since she completed her PhD in 2013 at this place. After moving to the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, she is currently researching with a NASA Hubble Fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson, USA.