ELSI Director Yasuhito Sekine was awarded the 19th (FY2022) JSPS Prize. This prize is awarded to recognize and support young researchers with rich creativity and superlative research ability at an early stage in their careers.
For more information: https://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-jsps-prize/index.html
Yasuhito Sekine’ s profile:
A top-level expert in the origins and evolution of both planetary atmospheres and oceans and the habitability in the Solar System. He revealed the presence of ongoing hydrothermal systems in Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, in 2015. His research aims to address questions such as “what makes Earth a habitable planet?” and “is there life beyond Earth in the solar system?” by understanding environmental factors and the chemistry among them that give rise to and support life on planets.