Katrien Kolenberg (Council member: 2016-2018)
Professor of Astrophysics University of Antwerp, Belgium; Associate Researcher University of Leuven, Belgium & Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA
"For more than a century, the AAVSO has been promoting the field’s inclusive nature, leading to the expansion of our knowledge of the Cosmos. In no other research field I see such a synergy between the professional and amateur communities.
The success stories of findings and even discoveries by amateurs are absolutely inspiring and uplifting! They will continue to attract people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in scientific discovery through variable star observations. That is why I love the AAVSO!"