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Thomas Henning receives ERC Advanced Grant worth 2.5 million Euros for research of young planetary systems

April 16, 2019
Thomas Henning, Director of MPIA and Head of the Planet- and Star Formation Department, has received one of the coveted ERC Advanced Grants worth 2.5 million euros. The project, entitled "From Planet-Forming Disks to Giant Planets", is the first one to systematically investigate the diverse properties of protoplanetary disks and the resulting planets and their atmospheres. [more]
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MPIA runners raise funds for a good cause

April 15, 2019
An appeal for donations in connection with the participation of 14 MPIA employees in this year's SAS half-marathon in Heidelberg achieves revenues of over EUR 2000 for Milly's Mission Against BPAN. [more]
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Southern spectra galore: 4MOST consortium presents its facility to the astronomical community

March 06, 2019
With the publication of 13 “White papers,” the 4MOST consortium has presented its unique survey facility to the scientific community. The 4MOST spectrograph is slated to be installed on ESO’s VISTA telescope at Paranal Observatory in Chile in 2022. The publications detail the instrument’s capabilities as well as the ten main survey programs that are currently under development. [more]
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Conny Aerts External Scientifc Member of MPIA

February 01, 2019
Professor Conny Aerts, an outstanding scientist, has been appointed as External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg. She is currently Director of the Institute of Astronomy at the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Leuven and Head of the Astroseismology Department at Radbound University Nijmegen. [more]
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Patzer Prize Award 2018

December 04, 2018
On November 30, 2018, the solemn ceremony of the Ernst-Patzer Prize for the promotion of young scientists was held in the auditorium of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA). This year, the awards were given to Michael Hanke (ARI/ZAH), Miriam Keppler (MPIA) und Mattia Sormani(ZAH/ITA). [more]
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