Short CV/Education and training

  • 1990 – 1995
    Engineer, University of Lisbon, Portugal

  • 1995 – 1996
    Master's degree in astronomy, Meudon Observatory, France

  • 1996 – 2001
    Doctorate in astronomy, University of Paris VII, France

  • 2001 – 2003
    New Mexico State University, USA, Astronomy Department

  • 2003 – 2004
    NASA

  • Since 2004
    Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany

Selected publications

  • Alfonso, C.: A ground-based near-infrared emission spectrum of the exoplanet HD189733b. In: Nature 463, 2010.

  • Alfonso, C.: New Parameters of the transiting planet OGLE2-TR-L9 based on multi-colour Observations. In: Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2009.

  • Alfonso, C.: Investigating the potential of the Pan-Planets project using Monte Carlo simulations. In: Astronomy & Astrophysics 494, 2009. p. 707.


Selected projects

  • Project on the search for exoplanets (planets that orbit stars other than the sun) and investigations of their atmospheres

  • HAT-South: 24 telescopes in Chile, Africa and Australia

  • Pan-Planets: largest optical camera in the world, located in Hawaii

  • Laiwo: 1-metre telescope in the Negev Desert in Israel

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Reviewer for applications to various European scientific bodies (membership is currently confidential)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Teaching/Coaching experience

  • Management of my own research groups

  • Lectures

  • Have organised international conferences

  • Organised Girls Day activities at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

  • Programming experience in C++, Perl, csh, IDL


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