We are pleased to announce that Grzegorz Pietrzyński, a professor of astronomy from the University of Warsaw, has received an Advanced Grant for the project “A sub-percent distance scale from binaries and Cepheids”. His research aims to measure the Hubble Constant within 1% accuracy.
Professor Pietrzyński has also been awarded funding under NCN calls for proposals. Within the OPUS grant he is investigating eclipsing clump giants. Thanks to the MAESTRO funding scheme, he strives to explore the possibilities of accurate measurement of cosmic distances. This research will help determine the amount of energy which is emitted by studied objects and show us how the Universe is evolving.
To date, Advanced Grants have been awarded to four researchers from Poland. These prestigious awards were obtained by prof. Tomasz Dietl from the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw (2008); prof. Andrzej Udalski from the Astronomical Observatory, University of Warsaw (2009); prof. Ryszard Horodecki, University of Gdańsk (2011). All awardees have also received funding from the NCN.