Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visits the AIP


The Thai princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (center) visiting at AIP.

Credit: AIP, Thomas Spikermann
July 3, 2024 //

Yesterday, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) had the honor of welcoming Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand and her delegation to the Babelsberg campus. The aim of the visit was to discuss possible collaboration areas between the AIP and the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) and to promote possible joint research projects.

The high-ranking guests were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Matthias Steinmetz at the Schwarzschildhaus. The day began with an introduction to the current work of the AIP by Matthias Steinmetz, who provided a comprehensive overview of the wide range of research projects and the scientific excellence of the institute.

During the further visit, the guests were given an insight into current research projects. Prof. Dr. Katja Poppenhäger presented her work on exoplanets in the ecosystem of their parent stars. Dr. Genoveva Micheva gave a lecture on 4MOST, in which she explained how the detector built at the AIP will be able to simultaneously record spectra of around 2400 objects at the VISTA telescope in Chile. Chaimongkol Duangchan concluded the welcome session with a fascinating presentation on "Maps of the Universe".

After the presentations, Her Royal Highness signed the AIP guest book. This was followed by a guided tour of the Leibnizhaus, which included a visit to the integration hall and the photonics laboratory. The visit was completed with a group photo in front of the Schwarzschildhaus.

This important visit highlights the growing international collaboration in astrophysical research and marks the beginning of a hopeful partnership between the AIP and NARIT.

The key areas of research at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aims 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.
Last update: 3. July 2024