Please note that this Round Table is for women only.
This event will undoubtedly be a great opportunity to discuss career development with a woman who fought for her position at a time in the recent past when deserving women were not given leadership roles in academia. Other topics of discussion may include what motivates women in science, why do women choose particular career paths, and anything else you want to discuss. We hope to see many of you there!
Conny Aerts is a professor at KU Leuven whose research covers stellar astrophysics, including stellar structure & evolution and variable stars. She also leads the Chair in Asteroseismology at the Radboud University Nijmegen and is an External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society. Prior to high-precision space photometry, Conny developed rigorous mathematical methods to detect and identify non-radial stellar oscillations. Her team has designed and applied statistical classification methods in a machine-learning context, and discovered numerous gravity-mode pulsators in space photometry. Her role as a pioneer of asteroseismology earned her many awards, including two ERC Advanced grants, and in 2012 she was the first woman to receive the prestigious Francqui Prize in Science and Technology since its creation in 1933.