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Winners 2024 Europlanet Early Career Prize for best Iberian Thesis in Planetary Sciences

The Europlanet Iberian Hub is proud to announce the winners of the first planetary early-career prizes in Spain & Portugal: 

"Abraham Zacut" Award
Best Iberian PhD Thesis in Planetary Sciences & Exploration

  • Winner: Jennifer Huidobro

  • Thesis Title: ”Exploring Martian and Lunar Geochemistry through the study of meteorites, analogs, laboratory simulation, and mission data analysis”.
  • Directors: Juan Manuel Madariaga Mota & Julene Aramendia Gutiérrez
  • Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)
 

"Pedro Nunes" Award
Best Iberian Master’s Thesis in Planetary Sciences & Exploration

  • Winner: Vasco Cardoso

  • Master's Thesis Title: "Collisional Evolution of Jupiter Trojans"
  • Tutors: Nuno Peixinho & Paula Benavidez
  • Universidade de Coimbra & Universidad de Alicante
   

These awards are named after historical astronomers from Spain and Portugal, who lived and worked in both countries, serving as role models of Iberian synergy and collaboration. Their astronomical and instrumental contributions played a key role in the maritime navigation era and enabled historical discoveries of planetary importance.

We thank all the candidates for their participation and for the high quality of the works presented in this competition, which we hope will serve as motivation for the new generation of planetary scientists and engineers in Spain and Portugal.