Working for ESA

I work as Astronomy Archives Science Lead at the ESAC Science Data Centre at ESAC.
My work interests are:

  • the data from the ESA Astronomy missions
  • scientific software
  • astronomical archival research
  • usability of user interfaces
  • citizen science projects





Here you can learn about my science results
and interests, and also contact me.

My scientific interests are:

  • Star and planet formation, disk evolution
  • Exo-planets population models
  • Infrared and multi-wavelength astronomy
  • machine learning and discovery
  • computational bayesian statistics
  • Space data science



Bruno Merín´s CV

Curriculum Vitae


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I finished my Physics degree in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid on June 1998, with a specialization in Theoretical Physics. After that, I joined LAEFF (“Laboratorio de Astrofisica Espacial y Fisica Fundamental”) of INTA, the Spanish National Technical Institute for Aerospace, where I did my Master and Ph.D. Thesis under the supervision of Prof. Benjamin Montesinos and Prof. Carlos Eiroa.

The subject of my Ph.D. thesis was to study the evolution of the circumstellar disks around intermediate mass stars, the so-called Herbig Ae/Be stars,…

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Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrosphysics

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I defended my Ph.D. Thesis at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid on March 2004.

During my Ph.D. Thesis I was lucky enough to travel to Morelia, Mexico, to have a collaboration with Dr. Paola D’Alessio, a world-known expert in the physics of protoplanetary disks and author of one of the best numerical models to physically reproduce the observations of such type of objects. After that experience, I was then invited by Profs. Nuria Calvet and Lee Hartman to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA)…

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Fundación Ramón Areces

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I was awarded my first postdoctoral fellowship by the Fundación Ramón Areces, in Spain, to come to the Leiden Observatory, in the Netherlands, to work with Prof. Ewine F. van Dishoeck (Leiden Sterrewacht, Leiden University) in the analysis of the Spitzer data from the large “Cores 2 Disks” Legacy program, led by Prof. Neal J. Evans, from the University of Texas at Austin (USA).

During this period of time, I had the chance to learn about the data analysis of the images and spectra from the Spitzer Space Telescope and to observe at several…

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Leiden observatory

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After two years at Leiden observatory, I obtained an ESA Research Fellowship to work with Dr. Timo Prusti at the Research and Scientific Support Department of ESTEC, from the European Space Agency, at Noordwijk, in the Netherlands, and continued to work closely with the Leiden and c2d team members, given the proximity of ESTEC and Leiden.

During that time, I also got involved in the testing team of the Mid Infrared Instrument MIRI for the James Webb Space Telescope, which took place at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, near Oxford in…

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Herschel Science Center

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Since October 2008, I am part of the Herschel Science Centre, the science operations center of the Herschel Space Observatory, located at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) of the European Space Agency, near Madrid, in Spain. Here I am Data Processing scientist and chair of the Data Processing Users’ Group, a body the coordinates the user input and feeds it back into the development plan for the Herschel data reduction software, called HIPE.

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ESAC Science Data Center (ESDC)

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Since July 2015 I am Astronomy Archives Science Lead at the ESAC Science Data Centre.

My work in this group is to try to maximize the scientific use of ESA’s Astronomy science data archives and to contribute to the creation of new modern ways of exploiting that precious science data.

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Publications and publication statistics

I am coauthor of 85 refereed papers, which have been cited in another 1622 papers. My H-factor is 29 and I am coauthor of one of the top-10 most cited papers in Astronomy in 2010, the c2d summary paper by Evans et al. 2009.

Referee and committee work


Since I joined Herschel, I have participated in a number of outreach initiatives, which aimed at sharing the fascination of doing astronomy nowadays with the general public. These collaborations have been always done in Spanish and amount to two articles in the top-audience general newspaper “El País”:

And two participations in Radio programs, both at the Radio Círculo and at Radio Exterior from Radio Nacional de España:

The study of disk evolution
The study of disk evolution
Herschel updates on disk evolution
Herschel updates on disk evolution
Protostars and Planets VI Conference ( Heidelberg, 2013 )
Protostars and Planets VI Conference
Disk evolution in the solar neighbourhood
The study of transitional disks
Identification of transitional disks in Chamaeleon with Herschel
The study of transitional disks
Legacy Survey to Identify and Characterize Disks with Inner Dust Holes
The study of transitional disks
The exoplanet revolution
The exoplanet revolution


There is a good number of scientists working at ESAC who study star- and planet formation. The environment favors the interaction with planetary scientists involved in ESA’s mission to planets and other bodies of the Solar System.

Trainees, Master and/or Ph.D. students and post-docs:

Local collaborators:

Former ESA Research Fellows and summer trainees in our group:

Other remote usual collaborators include:

Large observational programs I participate in: