Professor Combes is internationally recognized for her seminal discoveries in theoretical astrophysics and cosmology, as well as, the mechanisms associated with galaxy evolution and dynamics, the creation of supermassive black holes in galactic nuclei, and the properties of dark matter. She is one of the most prolific astrophysicists having published over 600 papers in peer-reviewed journals, which have received over 41,000 citations (h-index=102). Professor Combes has also authored several books and she is offering her time in various administrative positions and scientific committees in France and in international organizations and astrophysics journals. In addition, she has received a number of highly prestigious awards including:
L'Oréal-UNESCO International Prize for Women in Science, 2021
Legacy Fellow of the American Astronomical Society, 2021.
Gold Medal of CNRS, 2020
Commandeur de l'ordre national du mérite of the French Republic, 2019
Prix Jules Jansen, 2017
Tycho Brahe Prize of the European Astronomical Society, 2009
Officier de la Légion d'Honneur of the French Republic, 2006
She is also a member of several prestigious academies, such as the French Academy of Sciences, Academia Europeae, etc.
Professor Combes' lecture, which will follow the public ceremony, will be in English , is entitled "When black holes affect galaxies" and will take place on Thursday 6 October 2022 at 14.00 at the Central Amphitheatre of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), with simultaneous webcast.
The “Nick Kylafis Lectureship” was established by the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas in 2019 in order to honor Nick Kylafis, Professor Emeritus at the Dept. of Physics of the Univ. of Crete, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, for his 35 years of scientific contributions and leadership towards the founding and continuous improvement of the astrophysics group at the University of Crete and FORTH. This lifelong commitment has been instrumental in the international recognition of the research activities of the Crete astrophysics group, which led to the creation of the Institute of Astrophysics at FORTH in 2018. Under the auspices of the Lectureship, one distinguished theoretical astrophysicist is invited annually at FORTH for a brief visit.
The Institute of Astrophysics anticipates that establishing the "N. Kylafis Lecture" will attract distinguished Astrophysicists to Crete, who will inspire with their presence the younger generations of scientists trained at FORTH and the University of Crete, and communicate to the wider scientific community of Greece the latest achievements in the rapidly evolving field of Theoretical Astrophysics.