Ágnes Kóspál’s talk at the French Institute in Budapest

The role of women in science was discussed for the third time at a forum initiated by the French Institute in Budapest, in collaboration with the Women in Science Association (NaTE). At the conference held on March 27, 2023, Hungarian and French female researchers from different scientific fields, including SACCRED PI Ágnes Kóspál, shared their experiences and best practices. Read more in the press release at

Press release: Long-lost crystals in the protoplanetary disk of a young star were successfully rediscovered with the James Webb Space Telescope

An international team led by researchers from the Konkoly Observatory at the ELKH Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (CSFK), used the MIRI spectrograph onboard the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to study the circumstellar disk of the Sun-like young star EX Lupi. Thanks to the exquisite sensitivity of the instrument, they rediscovered long-lost silicate crystals that had formed in an earlier outburst of EX Lupi. In the infrared spectrum of EX Lupi’s disk, they also detected molecules that are essential ingredients for the development of life, among others carbon monoxide and water vapor. The crystals that formed in … Read more »

Press release: The Gaia Collaboration including CSFK researchers wins 2023 Berkeley Prize for creation of revolutionary new 3D map of the Milky Way

The Konkoly Thege Miklós Astronomical Institute of the ELKH Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (CSFK) and several Hungarian researchers are part of the consortium that has been awarded the 2023 Lancelot M. Berkeley – New York Community Trust Meritable Work in Astronomy Prize. The prize was awarded to the consortium responsible for the implementation of the Gaia project for creating the largest and most accurate three-dimensional map of the Milky Way. Read more in the press release at

Press release: “Intruder” caught redhanded in rarely detected stellar flyby eventPress release:

An international team of astronomers, including Péter Ábrahám, Lei Chen, and Ágnes Kóspál from the Konkoly Observatory of the ELKH Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (Budapest, Hungary), published their latest results on the Z Canis Majoris (Z CMa) pre-main sequence binary system in the prestigious Nature Astronomy journal. The team claims that their images obtained with three powerful telescopes (the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, the Jansky Very Large Array in the US, and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile) imply that the circumstellar dust and gas disk was disturbed by an external body. Read more in … Read more »

Kundan Kadam’s talk at GPU DAY 2020

SACCRED postdoc Kundan Kadam gave a talk at he Wigner GPU DAY 2020 entitled “Hydrodynamic Modeling of Protoplanetary Disks with GFARGO2.” You can watch the talk on youtube at

ERC-funded postdoc position in star formation at Konkoly Observatory, Budapest

The “Structured Accretion Disks” ERC-funded research group invites applicants to a postdoc position at Konkoly Observatory (Budapest, Hungary) on the topic of structure, composition, and chemistry of circumstellar disks around young eruptive stars. The ERC Starting Grant is awarded to Dr Agnes Kospal, and its aim is to provide realistic initial conditions for the planet formation process. The position is for two years, available immediately, with a possibility of a shorter extension until 2022 June. Applicants must have a PhD in astrophysics (or related discipline). Applicants with interest and experience in observational/computational astrophysics, radiative transfer, and the physics of the … Read more »