A total of seven Lumina Quaeruntur premiums for researchers of younger and middle generation have been awarded by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic within a programme to support prospective scientists. One of the recognized researchers is Ippocratis Saltas from the Centre for Cosmology and Fundamental Physics of the Institute of Physics. The annual ceremony at which laureates are handed over prizes by Eva Zažímalová, the president of the Academy of Sciences, was postponed due to epidemiological measures.
Space research has been “in” this year
From the total of seven laureates of the Lumina Quaeruntur Academy prize, two premiums were awarded to top physicists for the study of the universe. One of them is Ippocratis Saltas from the FZU, who focuses on the research of dark energy in the universe. The recognition comes only a few days after other achievements in the exploration of the cosmos were acknowledged by the Nobel Prize in Physics.
The gifted Greek physicist Ippocratis Saltas plans to develop an interdisciplinary research involving the combination of astrophysics, cosmology and particle physics. His new research group to be formed in the context of the Lumina Quaeruntur will open up new collaboration opportunities between the LISA consortium, and leading research institutes in Denmark, Portugal and England among others.
The program of Saltas’s group bears an ambitious title: “New Ways on the Search for Dark Energy”. In it, he wants to formulate the theory of the pulsations of the Sun and subsequently to use it in the search for new forces in the universe, to investigate the fundamental character of the general theory of dark energy and to theoretically describe their quantum origin. He also wants to focus on the predictions of the recently discovered gravitational waves.
Lumina Quaeruntur helping scientists to reach to ERC
The Lumina Quaeruntur premium, awarded by the Academy of Sciences, aims at early middle-aged researchers. “I believe that the scholarship will help them get on with international grants,” says Eva Zažímalová, the president of the Academy of Sciences. Besides the implementation of their projects, the laureates undertake to submit grant applications to the European Research Council (ERC) or to its equivalent, within the period of five years from the start of their project. The ERC project belongs to one of the most prestigious grants in Europe.
Ippocratis Saltas studied physics at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki and the University of Sussex, where he completed his doctoral studies, specializing in theoretical particle physics. In 2017 he joined the newly created the Central European Institute for Cosmology and Fundamental Physics (CEICO) operated by the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The CEICO’s research programme is unique in its focus in the central European context as it ranges from the string theory, cosmology and the study of gravitation to instrumental research.