Welcome to Francisca Kemper as the European ALMA Programme Scientist

Published: 10 Aug 2018

We are very pleased to welcome Francisca Kemper to ESO as the European ALMA Programme Scientist. Ciska will join ESO on 1 November 2018, and will act as the primary contact between the ALMA Observatory, the ESO ALMA Support Centre and the European astronomical community with respect to the scientific capabilities, mission and exploitation of the ALMA facility.

Ciska got her PhD from the University of Amsterdam. She subsequently held positions as a Spitzer Fellow at UCLA, as assistant professor at the University of Virginia, and as tenured lecturer at the University of Manchester, before moving to ASIAA (Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taiwan), in 2010 as research group leader.  

Her main research interest is the formation and processing of dust in the interstellar medium. She led a Spitzer Legacy project (SAGE-Spec) which made an infrared spectroscopic inventory of the dust in a variety of Large Magellanic Cloud environments. She also has an extensive research track record in studying the properties of dust in AGN tori, starburst galaxies, the Milky Way interstellar medium, and the circumstellar environment of post- and pre-main sequence stars.