How are stars and planets formed? Is life outside Earth possible? These questions are being researched by Professor of Molecular Astrophysics Ewine van Dishoeck at Leiden University. Her pioneering work has earned her the Kavli prize in the category of astrophysics. The prize consists of 1,000,000 dollars and a gold medal. The announcement was made today by the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Ewine will officially receive her prize in Norway on 4 September, from the hands of the Norwegian king Harald V of Norway.