DAWN Newsletter

December 2023

Francesco Valentino receives the Sapere Aude grant!


Giants of the Universe: Congratulations to Francesco Valentino who has been awarded a large Sapere Aude grant from Independent Research Fund Denmark to join us here at DAWN, leading a project to investigate the most massive galaxies of the early Universe.

With the Sapere Aude grant, Francesco Valentino will additionally be able to hire two postdocs and one PhD student, to participate in his research group.

Read more about the exciting project here.

Public Talks

Bitten Gullberg and Thomas Greve were invited to give wonderful talks for the public about the latest results from JWST. The presentations took place at the Copenhagen Planetarium on 27 November 2023.

Daniele Bjørn Malesani also gave a great talk at the Astronomy on TAP event on the 09 December 2023.


Upcoming Events

♦ Cake Talks (ongoing) See the schedule here
♦ DAWN Day (DTU) 26 Jan 2024 See the agenda in this link (Teams Group)
♦ DG Annual Meeting 2024 22 Feb 2024 Venue: DTU
♦ DAWN SUMMIT 2024 15-17 April 2024 (TBD) Venue: TBD
♦ KU Festival 2024 31 May 2024 Read more here

Upcoming Guests

Alexandra Pope (UMASS) 15 Jan 2024 20 Jan 2024
Pablo Pérez-González (CAB) 18 Jan 2024 18 Jan 2024
Mariska Kriek (Leiden) 05 Feb 2024 05 Feb 2024
Francesco Valentino 05 Feb 2024 05 Feb 2024

Why wait until the last minute to fill out your DG Templates 2023?


Individual DG Templates 2023 are in our Teams Group - Making it easy for you to update at anytime or online no matter where you are in the world!

- Link is here: Teams-Group DG Templates


♦ D-LOCKS Workshop, DAWN/DTU 11-12 Jan, 2024 Read more and sign up here
♦ Webinar about postdoc funding (KU) 25 Jan, 2024 Read more and sign up here
♦ Conference: The Physics and Impact of Astrophysical Dust: from Star Formation Through Cosmology, Aspen 03-08 March, 2024 Link is here
♦ STScI’s Annual Spring Symposium 15-19 April 2024 Link is here
♦ Science with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes VII: Stars, Gas & Dust in the Universe, Porto 29 Apr - 02 May 2024 Link is here
♦ Conference: First Stars VII, CCA at the Flatiron Institute in New York 20-24 May, 2024 Link is here
♦ ADAM 2024, Roskilde 22-23 May, 2024 Link TBD
♦ Conference: "The physical processes shaping the stellar and gaseous histories of galaxies" - Pisa, Italy 27-31 May 2024 Link is here
♦ The Line Intensity Mapping 2024 meeting, University of Illinois 12-14 June 2024 Link is here
♦ Conference "Galaxy Groups in the era of eROSITA and Euclid: a multiwavelength view”, Sesto 01-05 July 2024 Link is here
♦ IAU Symposium #391: The first chapters of our cosmic history with JWST, Cape Town 06-09 August, 2024 Read more here
♦ AGN Feedback and Star Formation Across Cosmic Scales and Time, Italy 02-06 Sept, 2024 Read more here
♦ VILLUM Experiment (preliminiary call) 06 Mar 2024 DTU link UCPH link
♦ The VILLUM Foundation: VILLUM Synergy Programme 21 Feb 2024 DTU link UCPH link
♦ The Carlsberg Foundation: Visiting Fellowships at University of Oxford 01 Apr 2024 DTU link UCPH link
♦ The Carlsberg Foundation: Internationalisation Fellowships 01 Apr 2024 DTU link UCPH link

Danish Traditions & Culture

New Years Eve:  On New Year’s Eve, when the clock turns to 18:00, many Danes turn on the television to watch the Queen of Denmark give her yearly New Year’s speech to the Danish population. It is live-streamed from Amalienborg and has been a tradition for the monarch since 1941.

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The famous “Kransekage” is a traditional dessert and a Danish invention from the 1700s. Like Champagne, it is one of the fixed elements for a Danish New Year’s Eve. It’s a towering cake made form layer-upon-layer of marzipan rings. The cake’s turret-like shape promises happiness and wealth for the coming year.


…4, 3, 2, 1 – JUMP! In Denmark it is a New Year’s tradition to climb up on chairs or the sofa and leap off them as the clock strikes midnight. Why do they do it? It is aimed to banish spirits from the previous year and bring good luck to new – symbolically shows you are ready to enter the new year ahead.

Happy New Year to all DAWNers and your loved ones.

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