The ASI is pleased to announce the establishment of a new award, to be presented at each future annual Irish National Astronomy Meeting. The award will recognise the best contributions to INAM by a graduate student presenter.
The award is named after one of the most distinguished members of Ireland’s astronomical diaspora, Peter Curran, who did a BSc and MSc in University College Cork, a Ph.D. in the Anton Pannekoek Astronomical Institute of the University of Amsterdam, and went on to develop a strong research programme in GRBs at The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Curtin University in Perth, following positions at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) of University College London, and the Service d’Astrophysique, CEA-Saclay near Paris.
The 2021 winner of the Peter Curran Award for best student talk is Maxime Deckers from Trinity College Dublin.
The talk, titled SNe Ia & Bumps, focused on the new era of time-domain surveys which has led to an increase in the number of Type Ia supernovae caught soon after explosion.