# Prize Winners 2016

#### The 2016 MERAC Prizes for the Best Doctoral Thesis are awarded in

**Theoretical Astrophysics**

to *Dr Maria Petropoulou* for her thesis on radiative instabilities and particle acceleration in high-energy plasmas with applications to relativistic jets of active galactic nuclei and gamma-ray bursts.

**Observational Astrophysics**

to *Dr Yingjie Peng* for his thesis on the simplicity of the evolving galaxy population and the origin of the Schechter form of the galaxy stellar mass function.

**New Technologies**

to *Dr Oliver Pfuhl* for his thesis on an innovative design of two subsystems for the VLTI instrument GRAVITY: the fibre coupler and the guiding system.

### Best Doctoral Thesis in Theoretical Astrophysics

The 2016 MERAC Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis in Theoretical Astrophysics is awarded to *Dr Maria Petropoulou* for her thesis on radiative instabilities and particle acceleration in high-energy plasmas with applications to relativistic jets of active galactic nuclei and gamma-ray bursts.

### Best Doctoral Thesis in Observational Astrophysics

The 2016 MERAC Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis in Observational Astrophysics is awarded to* Dr Yingjie Peng* for his thesis on the simplicity of the evolving galaxy population and the origin of the Schechter form of the galaxy stellar mass function.

### Best Doctoral Thesis in New Technologies

The 2016 MERAC Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis in New Technologies is awarded to *Dr Oliver Pfuhl* for his thesis on an innovative design of two subsystems for the VLTI instrument GRAVITY: the fibre coupler and the guiding system.

European Astronomical Society 2016 Prizes