Dr J. M. Diederik Kruijssen

Astrophysicist // Research Scientist // Team Leader

Problem Solving // Innovation // Data Science

Co-founder of Cosmic Origins Of Life (COOL) Research DAO

ERC Starting Grant Research Group Leader

Chair & Spokesperson, Young Academy, Heidelberg Academy of Humanities and Sciences

© T. Schwerdt

— Positions & education —

2022 — … // Co-founder, Cosmic Origins Of Life (COOL) Research DAO, coolresearch.io

2022 — … // Chair & Spokesperson, Young Academy, Heidelberg Academy of Humanities and Sciences

2017 — … // ERC Starting Grant Research Group Leader, European Research Council

2016 — 2022 // Emmy Noether Research Group Leader, German Research Foundation

2016 — 2022 // Visiting Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Germany

2015 — 2016 // Gliese Fellow & Research Group Leader, Heidelberg University, Germany

2011 — 2015 // MPA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Germany

2012 // Visiting Scientist, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

2011 // PhD in Astrophysics, Utrecht University, Netherlands

2007 — 2011 // NWO Toptalent PhD Fellow, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

2009 // Visiting PhD Student, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

2007 — 2011 // Visiting PhD Student, Leiden University, The Netherlands

2005 — 2007 // MSc in Astrophysics, Utrecht University, Netherlands

2002 — 2005 // BSc in Physics, Utrecht University, Netherlands

— Interests & activities // Astrophysics —

star formation // interstellar medium // stellar feedback // galaxy formation // globular clusters //

planetary systems // cosmic origins of life // emergence in complex systems // population dynamics


— Interests & activities // Applied research —

data science & machine learning // developing functional economic and social systems //

quantitative time series analysis // building real-world applications of web3.0 technology

— Selected grants, fellowships & awards —

2022 // Pastoor Schmeits Prize, Royal Netherlands Astronomical Society

2020 // Emmy Noether Extension Grant, German Research Foundation

2020 // Academy Prize, Heidelberg Academy of Humanities and Sciences

2018 // Individual Research Grant, German Research Foundation

2017 // Hengstberger Prize, Heidelberg University

2017 // Ludwig Biermann Prize, German Astronomical Society

2016 // ERC Starting Grant, European Research Council

2016 // Emmy Noether Research Grant, German Research Foundation

2015 // Gliese Fellowship, Heidelberg University

2013 // Christiaan Huygens Prize, Dutch Royal Academy of Arts & Sciences

2011 // Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics

2007 // Toptalent PhD Fellowship, Dutch Research Foundation

— Publication summary —

Total of >230 peer-reviewed publications

(4 in Nature // 28 as first author // >50 as second author // >20 as third author)

Total of >10,000 citations // >170,000 reads // h-index of 56

(taken from the NASA Astrophysics Data System // full publication list // metrics)

— Communication summary —

Total of >75 media & public outreach appearances (TV, radio, lectures)

16 press releases // >170 scientific talks in 20 countries (>75 invited)

— Highlight publications —

— Contact —

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