New administrative chairman of AIP: Dr. Ulrich Müller
Müller succeeds Peter A Stolz, who was in charge of all administrative issues of the institute from 1994 onwards. Together with Prof Dr Matthias Steinmetz, scientific Chairman of the Board, Müller will now form the Executive Board of AIP.
He studied political and social sciences (Staats- und Sozialwissenschaften) at the University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich (Universität der Bundeswehr München), where he obtained his PhD in 2004. Müller's most recent appointment was at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, where he was head of the Central Services Administration unit.
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The key areas of research at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics (Astrophysics Institute Potsdam – AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the Institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. The AIP has been a member of the Leibniz Association since 1992.