Two IA researchers awarded Marie Curie Fellowships
2018 February 08

Gabriella Gilli, IA researcher in the field of planetary atmospheres, was awarded one of the Marie Curie Fellowships.Tiago Campante will have the support of a Marie Curie Fellowship in a project to study gaseous exoplanets around red giant stars.
Two Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships were awarded this year by the European Commission to Gabriella Gilli and Tiago Campante, researchers of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA1) and, respectively, of Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL) and Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto (FCUP). These fellowships will enable them to develop their own research projects and advance their scientific careers.

Currently, Gabriella Gilli studies the physical processes responsible for the way Venus and Mars atmospheres vary. Venus, in particular, is a planet similar to Earth in appearance, but extremely inhospitable. Gilli plans to use a new theoretical three-dimensional model, comparable to the one used to describe the atmosphere of Venus, to anticipate future observations of hot exoplanets of terrestrial type.

“We aim to provide reliable predictions of climates on exoplanets similar to Earth, therefore paving the way to more challenging observations, that will feed our hope of finding potentially habitable planets in the very near future,” Gabriella Gilli says. Her project, that will now be funded by the Marie Curie fellowship, will have Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa as the host institution.

Tiago Campante is specialist in stellar physics and on the study of exoplanets. The Marie Curie fellowship will support a project for the detection and characterisation of gaseous planets orbiting stars more evolved than the Sun, the so called red giants.

“This study will enable a better understanding of the way stellar evolution affects the very evolution of planetary systems,” says Tiago Campante. The project, that will have as host institution the Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP), will use data to be collected by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), of NASA, which will be launched this year.

According to the European Commission announcement, the most recent call for proposals for Marie Skłodowska-Curie individual fellowships received 9089 project proposals, of which 1348 were chosen to be granted this support of the European Commission for their potential impact on society and economy.

The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences – IA) is the reference Portuguese research unit in space sciences and integrates researchers from the University of Lisbon and the University of Porto. The institute encompasses most of the field’s national scientific output and it was evaluated as Excellent in the last evaluation Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) commissioned from the European Science Foundation (ESF). IA's activity is funded by national and international funds, including Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (UID/FIS/04434/2013), POPH/FSE and FEDER through COMPETE 2020.

Gabriella Gilli
Tiago Campante

Science Communication Group

Sérgio Pereira
Ricardo Cardoso Reis
João Retrê (Coordenação, Lisboa)
Daniel Folha(Coordenação, Porto)

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia