Scientific prize

Four ULiège researchers laureates of the Royal Academy of Belgium prizes


Researchers in the Faculties of Science and Medicine of the University of Liège, Shohei Aoki, Emmanuel Jehin, Nicolas Magain and Andy Chevigné have just been awarded one of the fifteen prizes of the Class of Sciences of the Royal Academy of Belgium. A recognition that underlines the quality of their work, each in their own field of research.

Shohei Aoki, winner of the Baron Nicolet Prize

Shohei Aoki is a planetologist and F.R.S.-FNRS research fellow at the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Planetary Physics (STAR Institute / Faculty of Sciences) and also collaborates with the Royal Institute for Space Aeronomy of Belgium (IASB-BIRA). His research work focuses on the study of the atmospheres of telluric planets such as Mars and Venus. More specifically, he studies the atmosphere of Mars with the help of instruments on board orbiters and ground-based telescopes in order to understand its climate, its dynamics, its chemistry and its evolution.  Shohei Aoki is co-investigator of the NOMAD instrument aboard the ESA ExoMars Trace Gas orbiter, the PFS instrument aboard ESA Mars Express and the MIRS instrument aboard the JAXA Martian Moons eXploration. It has also conducted observation campaigns of Mars and Venus by the Subaru, IRTF, SOFIA and ALMA telescopes.

Created in 1998, the Baron Nicolet Prize is awarded to an internationally renowned researcher who has particularly distinguished himself in the field of aeronomy.

Emmanuël Jehin, winner of the Édouard Mailly Award

Emmanuel Jehin is an astrophysicist and F.R.S.-FNRS research master in the OrCA - Cosmological and Astrophysical Origins laboratory (STAR Institute / Faculties of Sciences). He also gives lectures to the students of the Master in Space Sciences at ULiège. Emmanuël Jehin is a specialist in the study of small bodies in the solar system, and more particularly comets. He is responsible for the comets and asteroids project within the TRAPPIST project (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescopes), . Passionate about the stars from a very young age, he has been very involved in popularising astronomy, particularly among young people and within the Astronomy Group in Spa, which he chairs.

Created in 1892, the Edouard Mailly Prize is awarded to a researcher in astronomy or to any person who, through his writings or lectures, has contributed to spreading the taste and knowledge of this science. Emmanuel Jehin was nominated for the quality of his scientific record, on the one hand, and his numerous contributions to the popularisation of astronomy, on the other hand.

Nicolas Magain, winner of the Hubert Lefèvre Adjuvant Prize

Nicolas Magain is a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Biology, Ecology and Evolution (Faculty of Sciences). His research focuses on the study of symbioses - mainly lichens - from evolutionary, ecological and genomic points of view. His research has led to the discovery of wide variations in the specificity of these interactions, as well as many unknown species.

Created in 1923, the Hubert Lefèvre Adjuvant Prize rewards original work in botany or which has facilitated research in botany. Nicolas Magain receives this prize for his work on the evolution of symbioses between fungi and cyanobacteria in lichens.

Andy Chevigné, winner of the Léon and Henri Fredericq Fund Prize

Dr Andy Chevigné obtained his PhD in biochemistry from the Centre d'Ingénierie des Protéines of the University of Liège in 2008. He then joined the Laboratory of Retrovirology of the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) and since 2012 has headed the Immuno-Pharmacology and Interactomics group within the Department of Infection and Immunity of the LIH. A specialist in G Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCR), he is also an assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Liège.

Created in 1969, the Léon and Henri Fredericq Fund Prize is awarded to a researcher who has particularly distinguished himself or herself through original research in the field of the physiology of all organisms or in related sciences, such as molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, pharmacodynamics, etc. Andy Chevigné was awarded this prize for his work on the activation mechanism of major dust mite allergens and the mechanisms of activation and regulation of G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs).

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