On September 14, 2023, the Breakthrough Prize Foundation in San Francisco announced the winners of the Breakthrough Prizes for the year 2024. This announcement is a tribute to individuals who have made extraordinary and impactful scientific discoveries in the field of severe disease treatment. The Breakthrough Prizes are often regarded as the 'Oscars of Science.' This year, the awards were presented in the categories of life sciences, fundamental physics, and mathematics.
One of these researchers, a professor at Leiden University, Nienke van der Marel, is one of the recipients of The New Horizons in Physics Prize. Alongside three other prominent researchers, she discovered and characterized dust traps. Dust traps are regions with dynamic rings of gas and dust around stars where dust particles accumulate. It is an extraordinary achievement for the professor at Leiden University to be one of the winners of such a prestigious award.