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Christine Verbeke makes it to the final round of the Flemish PHD Cup 2023

Christine Verbeke, who until recently worked at the space weather prediction center of the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), is competing in the final of the Flemish PhD Cup.

In this contest, new PhD’s have to present their research and convince a jury in less than 3 minutes. The final can be followed through a live stream by VRTmax on October 19, 2023 at 19:00. Christine will present her work on the modelling of solar storms, which resulted in a more precise estimate of the arrival time and the intensity of such events. Thanks to her research the accuracy of the space weather predictions that are made daily at ROB will continue to improve.

In addition, the PhD Cup contest also has a public prize, in which anyone can vote for one of the eight finalists. For this public prize, the chosen finalists present their research in a very short pitch. Christine’s video, titled “Gevaar uit de ruimte” (Danger from space), talks about space weather and the dangers coming from the Sun. The can be found here.

The winner of the public prize will get a publication in the popular science magazine EOS Magazine. Voting is allowed until October 19, 2023 at 17:00. Afterwards, the winner will be announced through the PhD Cup media channels.

Cast your vote here:

Good luck and congratulations to Christine!