Karl Schwarzschild Fellow 2014: Else Starkenburg

1 September 2014. The AIP welcomes this years Karl Schwarzschild Fellow Else Starkenburg. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Else Starkenburg also holds an M.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy and an M.A. in Theoretical Philosophy.
Karl Schwarzschild Fellow 2014: Else Starkenburg

Else Starkenburg. (Credit: private)

She is mainly interested in studying the history of the Milky Way and the smaller galaxies surrounding it. Currently Else Starkenburg is working on understanding the first stages of star formation and the history of galaxies like our Milky Way. In pursuing this aim she will be bringing together information from both observations and modelling techniques. Her research perfectly complements the research on chemical and dynamical evolution of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies conducted in the „Milky Way and the Local Volume“ research section at the AIP, which is with about 20 researchers one of the largest in the world in this field.

The Karl Schwarzschild Fellowship is awarded regularly with an alternating focus on extragalactic and stellar astrophysics. The fellows should have received their PhD within the last five years and are identified in an  international search. They are expected to carry out an independent research program and to contribute to the scientific life of the AIP including co-supervision of students.

The AIP continues the tradition of the Astrophysical Observatory Potsdam and the Berlin Observatory. It is located in the beautiful Potsdam/Babelsberg area, at the southwestern border of the Berlin metropolitan area. Over 150 scientists work on a variety of astrophysical topics covering the full range from solar physics to cosmology. Potsdam is also the home of the Albert-Einstein Institute for Gravitational Physics, the Physics & Astronomy department of Potsdam University and several other research institutions.

Science Contact: Dr. Roelof de Jong, +49 172 7336 648, rdejong@aip.de
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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.