Matthias Steinmetz honoured with Foersterpreis 2015

29 April 2015. The "Wilhelm-Foerster-Preis 2015" is awarded to Matthias Steinmetz, scientific chairman of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and director of the research area Extragalactic Astrophysics. It is annualy granted by the Urania Potsdam.
Matthias Steinmetz honoured with Foersterpreis 2015

Prof. Dr. Matthias Steinmetz

Topics under investigation in his department extend from the structure, dynamics and chemical evolution of the Milky Way over the structure and evolution of galaxies and their massive black holes to the formation of galaxies, clusters of galaxies and the large scale cosmic web. Furthermore, researchers in this area are participating in the development of the next generation of instruments for 8m-class telescopes like the Large Binocular Telescope or ESO's Very Large Telescope and in the establishment of a E-science infrastructure for astronomy.

Matthias Steinmetz's personal research interests focus on the formation and evolution of galaxies, in particular the Milky Way. He has been actively engaged in performing high resolution simulation of the galaxy formation process. He is the principle investigator of the RAdial Velocity Experiment RAVE, a large international collaboration that over the past decade has amassed more than half a Million spectra for stars in the Galaxy.
Matthias Steinmetz is currently president of the German Astronomical Society.

The award ceremony will be held in the Nicolaisaal in Potsdam, at 5 pm on 3 May 2015. The public is welcome to attend. The laudations and the award recipients talk will be in German.

Announcement Urania Potsdam

The key topics of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics 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. Since 1992 the AIP is a member of the Leibniz Association