Ernst Patzer Prizes 2023 awarded

November 27, 2023

In keeping with tradition, three scientists were once again awarded the Ernst Patzer Prize for the support of young scientists this year. Mohammadreza Ayromlou, Emily Hunt (both from the ZAH Heidelberg) and Giulia Perotti (MPIA) were honored at the award ceremony on November 24 as part of a festive colloquium at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA).

The Ernst Patzer Prize was endowed by the philosopher and art lover Ernst Patzer and established by his widow. The award is decided by a selection committee consisting of two members of the MPIA and one external member from Heidelberg institutes.

The Ernst Patzer Foundation awards its prizes annually to young scientists at the MPIA and other institutes in Heidelberg. The aim is to support research, especially in the field of astronomy.  The prizes are awarded to the best publications by scientists that were produced during their doctoral or first postdoc phase and that were also published in a renowned peer-reviewed journal.

This year's prize winners are:


  • Mohammadreza Ayromlou from the Institute for theoretical Astrophysics (ITA) of the Center for Astronomy of the University of Heidelberg (ZAH) for his publication
    Feedback reshapes the baryon distribution within haloes, in halo outskirts, and beyond: the closure radius from dwarfs to massive clusters (2023, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 524, 5391)
  • Emily Hunt from the Landessternwarte Heidelberg (LSW) of the Center for Astronomy of the University of Heidelberg (ZAH) for her publication Improving the open cluster census II. An all-sky cluster catalogue with Gaia DR3 (2023, Astronomy & Astrophysics 673, A114)
  • Giulia Perotti from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) Heidelberg for her publication Water in the terrestrial planet-forming zone of the PDS70 disk (2023, Nature 620, 516)



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