Two Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships were awarded this year by the European Commission to Gabriella Gilli and Tiago Campante, researchers of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA). These fellowships will enable them to develop their own research projects and advance their scientific careers.
Currently, Gabriella Gilli studies the physical processes responsible for the way Venus and Mars atmospheres vary. Venus, in particular, is a planet similar to Earth in appearance, but extremely inhospitable. Gilli plans to use a new theoretical three-dimensional model, comparable to the one used to describe the atmosphere of Venus, to anticipate future observations of hot exoplanets of terrestrial type.
Tiago Campante is specialist in stellar physics and on the study of exoplanets. The Marie Curie fellowship will support a project for the detection and characterisation of gaseous planets orbiting stars more evolved than the Sun, the so called red giants.