- UvA-astronomer Selma de Mink has been nominated for Science Talent 2016, the award for the greatest young scientific talent of the Netherlands and Flanders. The winner will be announced on 22 September by New Scientist magazine. Based on nominations by Dutch and Flemish universities, New Scientist drafted a Top 25 of promising research talent. From these candidates the winner of Science Talent 2016 will be chosen by popular vote and a jury.
- University of Amsterdam
Expert on massive double stars
Selma de Mink is an expert in the area of massive double stars. With advanced computer simulations she has shown that these are much more common then had previously been assumed by astronomers. She obtained her PhD cum laude in 2010 at Utrecht University and was later awarded a Hubble Fellowship at NASA. In 2014 she was awarded a MacGillavry Fellowship, the UvA Faculty of Science programme for female top scientists, allowing her to set up her own research group at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy.
In October 2015 she garnered media attention for her research on the ‘intimate kiss’ of double star VFTS 352. Last January she was awarded an NWO TOP grant, a programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research for young researchers who, at the beginning of their scientific career, already are considered top of their field.