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Annalisa Pillepich receives ERC Consolidator Grant for cosmological simulations

Annalisa Pillepich, who is a group leader in the department "Galaxies and Cosmology" at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), has been awarded one of the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grants. With a total amount of 2 million euros, the grant will be used to finance 4 post-doctoral positions and 2 PhD students at MPIA over the coming five years. In a project Pillepich has called COSMIC-KEY, she and her colleagues will be developing the next generation of simulations of the universe as a whole – a key to understanding the observational data that is set to become available over the next years.
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Image of the galaxies of "Stephan's Quintet"; overlaid over two of the galaxies is color-coded information about the velocity with which the region in question moves towards us or away from us. That data was obtained with WEAVE.

First scientific observations with the new spectrograph WEAVE, on La Palma, have provided an impressive example of the instrument's capabilities. At the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, which provides part of the instrumentation project's funding, Maria Bergemann is looking forward to using WEAVE for systematic studies of the archaeology of our home galaxy, and for a survey of chemical elements in our galaxy. more

Awarding of the Ernst Patzer Prizes 2022

In 2022, three scientists were again awarded the Ernst Patzer Prize for the support of young scientists. The award ceremony took place on November 25 during the traditional ceremonial colloquium at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA). The awardees are Jakob Isbell and Ekatarina Magg (both from MPIA), and Jaeyeon Kim (ITA/ZAH). more

MPIA Research Group obtains competitive research funding for German-Australian Cooperation

The independent Lise Meitner group of Maria Bergemann at MPIA has successfully obtained funding in a competitive program by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD. It is aimed at strengthening scientific ties between German and Australian institutions. more

The Universe in a new dimension

Astronomical objects appear in unprecedented detail in the first images from the James Webb Telescope more

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