Photo by Alpár Kató Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA)
Photo: Daily News Hungary / Alpár Kató introduces Ágnes Kóspál, a young Hungarian astronomer, who was rewarded by UNESCO and received 15 thousand EUR.

Working at the Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Science (MTA), Ágnes Kóspál astronomer was rewarded with the award of UNESCO and L’Oreal in Paris, on March 23. Notably, this international award is given to young and talented scientists.

A jury of 12 scientists chose the winner from about 1500 applicants from all over the world and rewarded her with 15 thousand EUR. Only those scientists could apply who previously won the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science award in their home country. Ágnes Kóspál won in Hungary in 2015.

She told MTI that this award is an appreciation of her work until now, and it also encourages her to keep up being energetic and enthusiastic regarding her future work. Furthermore, it also gives her the responsibility of a role model for the next generation.

After graduating at Eötvös Loránd University, Kóspál worked abroad, and returned to Hungary three years ago thanks to MTA’s Momentum (Lendület) program. Prior to that, she worked in Holland as a researcher at the University of Leiden for six years, and at the European Space Agency.

Currently she is at the Konkoly Observatory of MTA. She researches the secrets of the young stars with her own research group, which could help people to understand how the Solar System was born 4.6 billion years ago.

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