Curriculum Vitae

I am currently a VIDI-laureate and an assistant professor at the Anton Pannekoek Institute of the University of Amsterdam. Previously I was an assistant professor at the Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy of the University of Birmingham. And before that I was a Veni-fellow based at the Anton Pannekoek Institute in Amsterdam hosted by Selma de Mink, and a postdoc at Leiden Observatory in the group of Simon Portegies Zwart. I received my PhD from the Radboud University in Nijmegen under the supervision of Gijs Nelemans. A detailed CV can be found here. For a more recent version, please contact me.


My publications can be found through NASA's ADS (link) .

PhD thesis

My PhD thesis can be found here.

Population synthesis of Compact Objects Research Network (PopCORN)

The PopCORN project was an extensive collaboration between four groups focused on binary population synthesis (BPS) research. The goal of the project was to compare the respective BPS codes, and investigate where differences in the results originate from. We showed that when the same input assumptions are made, the codes find similar populations. The main differences between the simulated populations arise from deviating physical input, and are not due to numerical effects. For more information on the project, follow this link.

Selected outreach

  • Popular Science article on white dwarf crystallization (link)
  • Popular Science article on discovery of a planetesimal around a white dwarf (link)

Contact details:

toonen [at]

Silvia Toonen
Anton Pannekoek Institute
University of Amsterdam
Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam
The Netherlands