Anna Watts
I am an Associate Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Amsterdam. My group studies neutron stars, in particular the violent dynamical events such as starquakes and magnetic or thermonuclear explosions that they undergo on a regular basis. We aim to understand the physics that drives these processes, and to use them to study the nature of the densest matter and strongest magnetic fields in our Universe.

Space telescopes are a vital part of our research: I lead the Dense Matter Working Group for the proposed Large Observatory for X-ray Timing (LOFT) and am co-Chair of the European Dense Matter team for the Enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarization mission concept. I am Secretary of the Steering Committee for IAU Division D (High Energy Phenomena and Fundamental Physics) and a member of the Fermi User Group, the NL LOFAR Advisory Committee, and the International Advisory Committee for the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE). I am also an NWO Vidi and ERC Starter Grant laureate.