The European Geosciences Union (EGU) Award is the highest honor in the field of geosciences, planetary and space sciences at a global level. This year, a total of 43 awards and medals will be awarded to a group of European scientists. Three of the scientists who are to receive an award come from Greece.
Dr. Stamatios Krimigis will receive the Jean Dominique Cassini Medal which is considered the highest honor for a senior scientist. Dr. Costas Synolakis will receive the Sergey Soloviev Medal and Dr. Christina Plainaki will receive the Outstanding Young Scientist Award in Planetary and Solar System Sciences.
The award ceremony will take place during the annual conference of the EGU on “The Face of the Earth- Process and Form” this April in Vienna.
Stamatios Krimigis is one of the most significant space scientists in the world. He is responsible for organizing the experiments and the valuable parts of the Voyager spaceships. Dr. Krimigis held a significant place in space research considering that he was the first to receive the space missions’ data at his computer as the Voyager-1 exited our solar system for the first time in 2013. He was head of the Space Department of the Applied Physics Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University.
Dr.Costas Synolakis is one of the most famous professors in Natural Disasters and the most prominent expert on extreme wave events (tsunamis). For more than twenty years he was a professor at universities in the USA (1984-2004) and at the Technical University of Crete (2004-)
Dr. Christina Plainaki attained her PhD at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UOA) at the Science Faculty, in the Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics Department in 2007 and is only 35 years old. She will receive the Outstanding Young Scientist Award in Planetary and Solar System Sciences. Only young scientists who are distinguished for their research program receive this award. Since December 2007 she has been living and working at the Institute of Space Astrophysics and Planetology (INAF-IAPS) in Rome, Italy.