The young scientist from Crete, Greece, received the Alexander Chizhevsky award at the 11th European Space Weather Week held in Liege, Belgium, from November 17 to 21. The award was given to Plainaki by the Scientific Academies of Russia, Norway and Belgium.
Just a few months ago, the Greek scientist received the “Outstanding Young Scientist Award” for her contribution in the planetary physics and solar system fields.
Plainaki, who works at the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology (INAF-IAPS) in Rome, Italy, completed her PhD thesis “Solar cosmic ray physics using neutron monitor and satellite data” in 2007 at the University of Athens, where she also studied for her bachelor and postgraduate degrees.
Later, she won a scholarship for postdoctoral research at INAF-IAPS, where she is now working as a temporary researcher.