National Centre of Competence in Research PlanetS
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Szulagyi Judit, Dr.

Disks & Planets, ETH Zürich, Institut für Astronomie
8093 Zürich
+41 44 633 76 75

Please give us a personal quote or a quote of a famous person (e.g. of Albert Einstein) that describes you and your life/work.
“Do what is right, not what is easy” (Unknown)

Please describe your job in only one sentence and tell us what the most important goal of this work is.
Studying how planets formed in the Solar System and elsewhere.

How did you get into this research/work field?
I have been fascinated with astronomy — in particular exoplanets — since the age of 13. I started research in Hungary right after I finished high school, but the topic choices were very limited in such a small country. Therefore, I started with a topic that is as close to exoplanets as was possible in Hungary, and later, based on the opportunities I got, I continued this path to getting more and more close to the topic I am interested in the most: planet formation. I did my PhD on this topic and now, as a post-doctoral fellow, I am trying to explore even more sides of this field.

What would be the greatest discovery you would like to see in your life time?
Finding alien life form.

You work for the NCCR PlanetS. What do you think will the NCCR enable you to do you couldn’t do without it?
PlanetS creates a strong tie between the different institutions in the country, we have a lot of meetings, workshops, that made it possible to work with colleagues beyond my own institution (ETH Zurich). It also gives a lot of opportunity for career development (e.g. organizing my own workshop, advertising research results for the media).

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