Career News

Pascale Ehrenfreund awarded the 2022 COSPAR Harrie Massey Award

5.8.2022 | The Austrian astrophysicist was honoured for her "outstanding contributions" to space research.
Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund has been awarded the 2022 Harrie Massey Award from the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR). COSPAR said that she was given the award for her "outstanding contributions to the development of space research and her leadership in space science and policy."
A professor of space policy and international affairs at George Washing University in the USA, Prof Ehrenfreund has played a leading role within international space science for years, including on ESA and NASA missions. At present, she is the President of the International Astronautical Federation, the President of the International Space University, and a special advisor to the European Commission.
"Her expertise and vision have been fundamental to the successful work of various boards and governing entities with which she has been associated," COSPAR said in a statement.
Prof Ehrenfreund has extensive academic credentials, including a Master’s in Molecular Biology, a PhD in Astrophysics, a Doctorate in Astrochemistry and a second Master’s in Management and Leadership. Additionally, she was the first female president of the Austrian Science Fund when she was selected in 2013, and she has a main-belt asteroid named in her honour: 9826 Ehrenfreund.
The award is named after the Australian physicist Sir Harrie Massey, known for his work in atomic and atmospheric physics.   (© Emilie Steinmark / AcademiaNet /

More information


  1. Read what our members say about AcademiaNet.

Follow us


  1. Regina Palkovits on equality in science: “It’s about giving young people a chance”

    AcademiaNet was created as a way to address the gender imbalance among senior academics. Looking back over the past decade, what’s changed? We spoke to Prof. Regina Palkovits, one of our first members, to find out.

  2. Pascale Ehrenfreund awarded the 2022 COSPAR Harrie Massey Award

    The Austrian astrophysicist was honoured for her "outstanding contributions" to space research.

  3. ‘It becomes too easy to look at women as a deviation’

    Prof Elin Bjarnegård from Uppsala University in Sweden researches gender in politics – for example, she wants to understand the role of masculinities in war and peace, and what happens when political violence is directed at women. We connected with her for a chat about her recent projects on sexual corruption and gendered election violence.

  4. Marietta Auer elected as new Vice President of the DFG

    She joins four other AcademiaNet members on DFG’s Executive Committee, incl. DFG President Katja Becker

  5. Six AcademiaNet members have become EMBO members

    Chosen for their ‘outstanding achievements’, the researchers will join a select community of leading life scientists

Academia Net