DAWN Newsletter

October 2023

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

Individual DG Templates 2023 are now 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


The Kirstine Meyers memorial legatee, the winner of best poster in Gothenburg and the Villum Synergy Grant to DAWNers!
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Kasper Heintz received the prestigious Kristine Meyers memorial legatee from "Selskabet for Naturlærens Udbredelse" (SNU) and the Carlsberg Foundation. The event took place on 23 October 2023 where Kasper also gave a wonderful talk to the audience.

Photo: Kasper Heintz, Dorte Olesen and Merete Bilde. Photo Credit: SNU



Minju Lee won the best poster at the conference: Origin and Fate of Dust in Our Universe in Gothenburg, Sweden!


Photo: Minju Lee. Photo Credit: Darach Watson


Darach Watson has received the Villum Synergy Grant for the project ”METAL AI - Machine learning for heavy element energy levels and emission intensities”. It is a collaboration project with Ole Winther, Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at DTU.

The Villum Synergy Grant aims to strengthen the research opportunities that lie at the interface between computer science and other disciplines.

Public Talks at the Planetarium

On 03 October 2023, Georgios Magdis, Gabriel Brammer, Steven Gillman and Kate Gould gave wonderful public talks about the first year of observations with James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the numerous scientific breakthroughs.

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The newest and youngest members of DAWN!


On 09 October 2023, Claudia Lagos gave birth to a beautiful little boy named Bruno, and on 26 October 2023, Victoria Strait gave birth to a beautiful little girl named Lily!

We are looking forward to meeting them when the time is ready and we send our biggest congratulations to both of your families


Upcoming Events

♦ Cake Talks (ongoing) See the schedule here
♦ DTU Space Xmas Party 24 Nov Sign up here
♦ NBI Xmas Party 01 Dec Venue: BioCenter Canteen
♦ DTU Space A&A Xmas Party 08 Dec Venue: DTU
♦ DAWN Xmas Party 15 Dec Sign up here
♦ KU Festival 2024 31 May 2024 Read more here

Upcoming Guests

Sai Krishna Yashaswi Julakanti 06 November 2023 12 November 2023
Hallie Fausey 06 November 2023 12 November 2023
Nial Tanvir 06 November 2023 12 November 2023
Ben Rayson 06 November 2023 12 November 2023
Jacob Clasen 06 November 2023 15 November 2023
Francesco Valentino 08 November 2023 14 November 2023
Olivia Cooper April 2024 June 2024

Meet Peter Laursen - new member of the 1st Author Pub-Club!


Hej, I'm Peter, an astronomer and science communicator. I'm interested in all the work *you* are doing, but personally I enjoy mostly problems that involve Lyman α radiative transfer, and how this can help us learn about galaxies.


A fun fact about me is that I was a bike messenger for nine years before becoming an astronomer and that I still dream too often of that job, which included European and World championships for bike messengers.


My publication is a review-like article, written mostly for non-astronomer scientists, but may also be interesting for astronomy students, or people looking for a cool figure to put in their talk about galaxies or cosmology.

The article is a chapter in an anthology about "timescales in complex systems", including such diverse contributions as molecular dynamics and traffic flows. I was contacted by the editor, who is also my old mathematics professor at my first university (Roskilde).

I'm also planning to write for non-astronomers, but still being able to use equations and science lingo was fun. Since I both like research and dissemination of research, it might not be the last time I do this.

In the article I describe how astrophysics is hard because of the huge span of timescales, but easy because of the huge span of timescales. Being a review, there are no really new findings, but I learned a lot in the process, and I have visualized some results in new ways.


♦ National Space Conference 2023, Odense 09-10 November Link and sign-up is here
♦ Workshop: “Improving JWST Data Products", Baltimore 14-17 Nov Link is here
♦ Information meeting with the Novo Nordisk Foundation 24 Nov Link is here
♦ D-LOCKS Workshop, DTU 11-12 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
♦ Conference: First Stars VII, CCA at the Flatiron Institute in New York 20-24 May, 2024 Link is here
♦ Conference: "The physical processes shaping the stellar and gaseous histories of galaxies" - Pisa, Italy 27-31 May 2024 Link is here
♦ EU Horizon Europe - ERC Starting Grant 07 Nov DTU link UCPH link
♦ EU Horizon Europe - ERC Synergy Grant 15 Nov DTU link UCPH link
♦ Horizon Europe - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral Networks (DN) 28 Nov DTU link UCPH link
♦ EU Horizon Europe - ERC Consolidator Grant 12 Dec DTU link UCPH link

Traditions & Culture

History of similar holidays in November


Danish Mortensaften: Saint Martin's Day, also called the Funeral of Saint Martin, Martinsdag, or Martinmas, is the funeral day of St. Martin of Tours and is celebrated on 11 November each year. It has also been referred to as Old Halloween.

Saint Morten was appointed bishop of Tours on July 4, 371. The most famous legend says that the pious Morten out of humility would not be appointed bishop. He therefore hid in the goose barn to avoid the appointment when approached. The roar of the geese betrayed him, however, and it is said that Morten once bishop decided that every year the geese should be punished for having betrayed him - by slaughtering and eating them.

The oldest known Danish source describing this legend is from 1616, but there are similar German sources dating back to the 16th century, but some Danish tales say that the dead goose was eaten before 1616.

More recently, Saint Morten is the reason for Mortens aften’s festively celebrations in several northern countries. With a rider dressed as Morten, lantern processions in Flanders and regions of Germany are part of the celebrations. In Denmark, Skåne and other regions of Germany, traditional goose roast - mortensgås, which today has become roasted duck - mortens and, is the star of the evenings menu.


The painting above: Thanksgiving portrait in 1621.

The painting to the right: Illustrating St. Morten Bisp on his horse.

American Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving is a federal holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It is sometimes called American Thanksgiving to distinguish it from the Canadian holiday of the same name and related celebrations in other regions.

The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in Massachusetts. The Wampanoag Native Americans helped the pilgrims who arrived in Massachusetts cultivate the land and fish, saving them from starvation. At harvest time in the winter of 1621, they were very thankful that they had a good crop of food to eat during the coming winter. They thanked God and the Wampanoags for teaching them how to grow crops.

The Thanksgiving holiday became a national phenomenon during the Civil War and a true national holiday during Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency. On December 26, 1941, President Roosevelt signed a bill into law making Thanksgiving a national holiday and made it on the 4th Thursday in November. The day after Thanksgiving is also a holiday so Thanksgiving is always a 4-day weekend.

The featured item in a traditional Thanksgiving meal in America is turkey (Thanksgiving is sometimes called "Turkey Day"). The meal is usually a feast cooked for 5-10 people because families (and friends) often get together on this day. Stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, other fall vegetables, and pumpkin pie are commonly associated with Thanksgiving dinner. No Thanksgiving celebration is complete without the parades and football matches with Christmas shopping starting the day after on Black Friday.

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