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Science is international

Science is international

by Janine Fohlmeister last modified Feb 08, 2017 04:48 PM

3 February 2017. The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany is concerned about the immigration ban issued by US President Donald Trump on 27 January 2017. It sees it as "a sweeping discrimination against human beings on the basis of their ethnicity and consequently an act of aggression on the fundamental values of science".

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New Schwarzschild Fellow: Arianna Di Cintio

New Schwarzschild Fellow: Arianna Di Cintio

by Gabriele Schoenherr last modified Feb 06, 2017 08:25 AM

13 January 2017. The AIP welcomes Karl Schwarzschild Fellow Arianna Di Cintio. She completed her Ph.D. in 2014 at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain, during which she also spent three months visiting AIP. After her PhD she has been working as independent fellow at the DARK cosmology centre Copenhagen.

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In memoriam of Dr. Fritz Henry Aurass

In memoriam of Dr. Fritz Henry Aurass

by Kerstin Mork last modified Jan 12, 2017 12:31 PM

Dr. Fritz Henry Aurass died aged 68 on 5 December 2016.

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Award for AIP scientist Else Starkenburg

Award for AIP scientist Else Starkenburg

by Kerstin Mork last modified Nov 29, 2016 11:34 AM

28. November 2016. On 26 November 2016, Else Starkenburg from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) was honoured with the physics award of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. She received the award for her work on galactic archaeology and her substantial contributions to disentangle the history of our Milky Way. At the award ceremony, Else Starkenburg gave a talk on the topic of “The galactic archaeology of the Milky Way”, showing how to reconstruct the galaxies history by observing stars of different age.

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Celebrating Ten Years of Science with STELLA

Celebrating Ten Years of Science with STELLA

by Kerstin Mork last modified Nov 29, 2016 11:34 AM

8 November 2016. Since 2006, the two robotic STELLA telescopes of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are observing the night sky at the Observatorio del Teide, Tenerife. STELLA is an acronym for STELLar Activity. In a workshop at AIP, scientists now look back on a decade of exciting astronomical observations.

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Open Day on 23 September 2016

Open Day on 23 September 2016

by Kerstin Mork last modified Oct 24, 2016 11:19 AM

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites everybody to an open day on 23 September 2016 from 4 to 10 PM.

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ESO and AIP Sign Agreement to Build 4MOST

ESO and AIP Sign Agreement to Build 4MOST

by Kerstin Mork last modified Sep 30, 2016 01:42 PM

23 August 2016. ESO has signed an agreement with a consortium led by the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) to build 4MOST, a unique, next-generation spectroscopic instrument, which will be mounted on the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. 4MOST, the 4-metre Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope, is expected to collect approximately 75 million spectra over its planned fifteen-year lifetime.

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Real-time analysis for medical diagnostics

Real-time analysis for medical diagnostics

by Kerstin Mork last modified Sep 30, 2016 01:43 PM

16 August 2016. In the context of current technology transfer projects, scientists at AIP have managed to successfully apply the spectral imaging method, developed in astrophysics, to diagnostics in the field of medicine. In contrast to digital cameras, which only register a brightness value for each pixel, this method detects an entire spectrum. AIP has made a name for itself internationally with this method, referred to also as integral field spectroscopy (IFS). The method is used for instruments such as PMAS and MUSE.

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Public presentation of Physics Student Awards

Public presentation of Physics Student Awards

by Gabriele Schoenherr last modified Jul 13, 2016 12:24 PM

13 July 2016. On Thursday, July 14, starting at 5p.m. the Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin invites to a public event in the Magnus-Haus in Berlin, where this year's Physics Student Awards will be presented. Astrophysicist Lisa Lehmann, who did her master thesis at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is one of the awardees. The ceremonial address will be given by AIP scientist Else Starkenburg.

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IAU Symposium to take place in Potsdam

IAU Symposium to take place in Potsdam

by Kerstin Mork last modified Nov 29, 2016 01:32 PM

30. June 2016. At the 98th International Astronomical Union (IAU) Executive Committee meeting last May in Mexico the IAU Symposium 334 "Rediscovering our Galaxy" was approved to take place from the 10th to the 14th of July 2017 in Potsdam, Germany.

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Potsdam Astrophysical Summer School at AIP

Potsdam Astrophysical Summer School at AIP

by Kerstin Mork last modified Jun 20, 2016 09:03 AM

20 June 2016. Today, the one-week summer school "Quantitative Spectroscopy in Astrophysics" begins at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP). The school is targeted at graduate students interested in physics or astrophysics who applied to participate in the programme beforehand. The students will gain insights into state-of-the-art research and recent technological developments.

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New Master's programme in „Astrophysics“

New Master's programme in „Astrophysics“

by Gabriele Schoenherr last modified Jun 09, 2016 12:32 PM

9 June 2016. Starting in the winter semester 2016/2017, the University of Potsdam will offer students an Astrophysics master programme. The Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics significantly contribute to this new curriculum. Students interested in a career in Astrophysics should apply not later than July 15. Only three universities in Germany afford students the possibility to achieve a Master’s degree in Astrophysics.

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Long Night of Sciences at Einstein Tower

Long Night of Sciences at Einstein Tower

by Kerstin Mork last modified Jun 09, 2016 09:42 AM

Die Institute des Telgrafenbergs sowie zahlreiche Einrichtungen in Berlin beteiligen sich an dem Programm.

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The centenary of astrophysicist Karl Schwarzschild's death

The centenary of astrophysicist Karl Schwarzschild's death

by Kerstin Mork last modified May 11, 2016 09:31 AM

May 11th 1916 marks the death of Karl Schwarzschild, one of the most versatile astrophysicists and scientists of his time. He was only 42 years of age and at the height of his achievements when he died. Schwarzschild's work encompassed a wide range of scientific topics: he not only studied observational astronomy, but also furthered the development of astronomical instrumentation, and he was the first to give an exact solution to Einstein's field equations, which is now known as the “Schwarzschild solution”. Karl Schwarzschild saw the benefits of combining the scientific capabilities of chemistry and physics with astronomy and, with a large personal commitment, strongly promoted the emerging field of astrophysics.

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Mercury crosses the Sun - Transit on 9 May 2016

Mercury crosses the Sun - Transit on 9 May 2016

by Kerstin Mork last modified Jul 14, 2016 01:45 PM

2 May 2016. On the 9th of May at 1:12 p.m. local time, Mercury will begin its transit in front of the Sun – seen from the point of view of our Earth.

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The 13th AIP Thinkshop on Cosmology

The 13th AIP Thinkshop on Cosmology

by Kerstin Mork last modified Nov 29, 2016 01:30 PM

29 March 2016. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) organizes in collaboration with the University of Innsbruck the 13th Thinkshop under the title "Near Field Cosmology". From March 29 to April 3 about 60 scientists will discuss at the Obergurgl University Centre in Austria recent progress in the field of observational and theoretical cosmology.

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“Science Thrives in Open-minded Environments”: An Open Letter from the Directors of Research Institutes in Potsdam

“Science Thrives in Open-minded Environments”: An Open Letter from the Directors of Research Institutes in Potsdam

by Kerstin Mork last modified Nov 29, 2016 01:02 PM

There is no place in Potsdam for hostility towards foreigners and those seeking refuge, argue the heads of educational and research institutes in Potsdam in an open letter published on 16 March 2016 in the Märkischen Allgemeinen, the Potsdamer Neuesten Nachrichten and other newspapers.

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ERC Consolidator Grant for Maria-Rosa Cioni

ERC Consolidator Grant for Maria-Rosa Cioni

by Kerstin Mork last modified Feb 19, 2016 09:05 AM

17 February 2016. The European Research Council (ERC) announced Prof. Dr. Maria-Rosa Cioni to be winner of one of the ERC Consolidator Grants worth 2 million Euros. ERC Consolidator Grants are awarded to outstanding researchers once a year.

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Perspectives of Astrophysics in Germany

Perspectives of Astrophysics in Germany

by Kerstin Mork last modified Dec 07, 2015 09:35 AM

7 December 2015. From December 7 to 9 the state of astrophysical research in Germany will be presented and strategies for the next decade will be discussed at a workshop organized by the Council of German Observatories (Rat Deutscher Sternwarten, RDS) and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) on Telegrafenberg in Potsdam.

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Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) validated by excellent evaluation result

Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) validated by excellent evaluation result

by Kerstin Mork last modified Mar 07, 2016 02:19 PM

30 November 2015. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) was given excellent marks in the independent evaluation process by the Leibniz Association, which takes place every seven years. The development of the institute over the past years was described to be extremely successful. AIP has taken important and clever strategic decisions in continually developing and extending its instrumentation and computer-aided infrastructure. The senate of the Leibniz Association has now confirmed the results of the evaluation, recommending continued funding by the federal government and the federal states.

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