Thinkshop on Cosmology in Potsdam

25 August 2014. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) hosts its 11th Thinkshop under the title "Satellite galaxies and dwarfs in the local group“. From August 25 to 29 over 130 scientists will get together on the Potsdam Telegrafenberg to discuss their research in the field of cosmology.

Dwarf galaxies are some of the most extreme objects in the Universe. They are small, incredibly faint clumps of stars and dark matter that formed at the dawn of the Universe itself. Their study can reveal to us a plethora of fundamental questions including how the Universe makes galaxies and how the Milky Way itself came into being.

Scientists from about twenty different countries made their way to Brandenburg to take part in this exceptional Thinkshop. Three Gruber Prize winners - Carlos Frenk, Simon White and Brent Tully – and two astronomers who received the Wempe Award – Yehuda Hoffman and, again, Brent Tully – are among the eminent participants.


Science Contact: Dr. Noam Libeskind, +49 172 7336 914,

Media Contact: Kerstin Mork , +49 331 7499 469,


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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.