1st MPIA-Alumni Event (Review)

The 1st MPIA Alumni Day took place at the House of Astronomy (HdA) on the MPIA campus on 28th April 2023.

We were delighted to welcome almost 60 participants from all over Germany and Switzerland to the HdA Lecture Hall. Among the participants were about 20 Alumni, joined by 25 PhD/Postdocs und 15 staff members.

With this event, we wanted to present different career paths beyond science because most of the former MPIA PhD and Postdocs work in industry (58%). Our aim was to connect the participants and to give them security in a general way by showing them all kind of different job opportunities they may have never thought of in the first place.

Therefore, the program included five excellent talks with very different focal points. The topics ranged from data science, software development over company start-up grant support until the work and life of a patent attorney giving detailed insight in the life and work beyond academia. 

The different CVs of the speakers were very interesting and really impressive. They opened up different job perspectives and working possibilities regarding a career outside academia. For example, it was surprising to learn that many former astronomers work for a German based multinational building materials company.

At the end of each talk, there was also enough time for questions by the audience. Apart from that, there was the possibility to pass questions to the organizers and speakers in advance as well. In addition, both lunch and coffee breaks offered much time and opportunity for individual discussions with the Alumni and for further personal and/or professional exchange.

Finally, we would like to thank everyone who made this event possible. We are already looking forward to the 2nd MPIA Alumni Day. Stay tuned.

SPEAKER: Viki Joergens, Lucia Klarmann, Jan Rybizki, Markus Schmalzl, Yuan Wang

Who becomes a MPIA-Alumni?

All former scientific staff members, doctoral students, PostDocs and Professors with a duration of stay of one year or more count as our MPIA-Alumni.

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Staying in touch, no matter how long ago your time at the institute, is important to us. We look forward to sharing experiences, establishing scientific collaborations, or even just talking with former colleagues.

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MPIA-Alumni Overview

The MPIA-Alumni entries are continuously updated and supplemented. If you have any questions or comments regarding the entries, please get in touch via alumni@mpia.de. Thank you very much.

Alumni PSF

Name
Dr. Jorge Abreu-Vicente
Dr. Angela Adamo
Former Position: Postdocs
Aida Ahmadi
Dr. Tobias Albertsson
Tunde Aluko
Former Position: Master student
Theodoros Anagnos
Prof. Dr. Daniel Apai
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Marco Arold
Henning Avenhaus
Hans Baehr
Marcelo Barraza Alfaro
Former Position: PhD students
Patrick Barth
Former Position: Master student
Prof. Dr. Amelia Bayo
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Matthias Becker
Dr. Myriam Benisty
Camille Bergez-Casalou
Former Position: PhD students
Dr. Carolina Bergfors
Dr. Alessandro Berton
Dr. Gesa Bertrang
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Marc-André Besel
Dr. Yan Betremieux
Dr. Asmita Bhandare
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Andrej Bicanski
Dr. Simon Bihr
Dr. Arjan Bik
Prof. Dr. Beth Biller
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Stephan Birkmann
Prof. Dr. Tilman Birnstiel
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Francesco Biscani
Postdocs
Prof. Dr. Bertram Bitsch
Dr. Thomas Blümchen
Dr. Mickaël Bonnefoy
Eduard Bopp
Dr. Abel Brieva
Dr. Joana Büchler Costa
Esther Buenzli
Dr. David Butler
Dr. Mike Butler
Dr. Andrés Carmona
Vincent Carpenter
Dr. Yvain Carpentier
Prof. Dr. Joseph Carson
Former Position: Postdocs
Madhurijya Changmai
Anthony Cheetham
Dr. Guo Chen
Dr. Xuepeng Chen
Dr. Roxana Chira
Ko-Ju Chuang
Simona Ciceri
Dr. Benoît Commerçon
Dr. Claudia Conrad
Prof. Dr. Ian J. M. Crossfield
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Balasz Csak
Carmen Cuevas Alonso
Dr. Nicola Da Rio
Dr. Sebastian Daemgen
Xiaolin Dai
Dr. Helmut Dannerbauer
Dr. Olivier Debieu
Dr. Casey Deen
Kai Martin Dittkrist
Dr. Karsten Dittrich
Dr. Michaela Doellinger
Prof. Dr. Cornelis Dullemond
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Natalia Dzyurkevich
Carlos Eiroa
Former Position: PhD students
Dr. Christian Eistrup
Former Position: Postdocs
Néstor Espinoza
Susana Eyheramendy
Prof. Dr. Cassandra Fallscheer
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Min Fang
Prof. Dr. Davide Fedele
Dr. Siyi Feng
Dr. Oliver Fernandes
Moritz Fischer
Former Position: Master student
Lizxandra Flores
Former Position: PhD students
Dr. David Foltin
Malcolm Fridlund
Prof. Dr. Daniele Fulvio
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Matías Gárate
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Artur Gawryszczak
Dr. Kerstin Geißler
Kostantin Gerbig
Former Position: Master student
Dr. Thomas Gerner
Dr. Clio Gielen
Caroline Gieser
Former Position: PhD students
Dr. Patrick Glaschke
Dr. Adrian Glauser
Prof. Dr. Bertrand Goldman
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Ileana Gomez
Dr. Miwa Goto
Dr. Dimitrios Gouliermis
Prof. Dr. Christine Maria Greif (Köpferl)
Former Position: Postdocs
Ulrich Grözinger
Prof. Dr. Joseph Harrington
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Tristen Hayfield
Dr. Siddharth Hegde
Dr. Amanda Heidermann
Dr. Eva Hennekemper
Dr. Martin Hennemann
Stefan Hippler
Scientific Staff
Dr. Rory Holmes
Dr. Alexander Horn
Philipp Hottinger
Former Position: Master student
Dr. Alexander Hubbard
Zoltan Hubert
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Jutta Hübner
León-Alexander Hühn
Former Position: Master student
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Huisken
Emeriti
Dr. Antonella Lucia Ianella
Prof. Dr. Markus Janson
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Sheng Jin
PD Dr. Viki Joergens
Former position: Research group leader
Prof. Dr. Anders Johansen
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Katharine Johnston
Andres Jordan
Long-Term Guests
Dr. Attila Juhasz
Prof. Dr. Jouni Kainulainen
Former Position: Postdocs
David Kalb
Former Position: Master student
Prof. Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger
Former Position: Postdocs
Akimasa Kataoka
Jonas Kemmer
Former Position: Master student
Dr. Sarah Kendrew
Dr. Miriam Keppler
Eric Keto
Taisiya Kopytova
Dr. Kacper Kornet
Diana Kossakowski
Former Position: PhD students
Dr. Ernest Krmpotic
Dr. Natalia Kudryavsteva
Prof. Dr. Rolf Kuiper
Former Position: Postdocs
Nicolas Kurtovic
Former Position: PhD students
Christopher Lee
Prof. Dr. Christoph Leinert
Emeriti
Monika Lendl
Christian Lenz
Dr. Rainer Lenzen
Emeriti
Prof. Dr. Hua-Bai Li
Former Position: Postdocs
Chien-Cheng Lin
Dr. Nils Lippok
Dr. Yao Liu
Aiara Lobo Gomes
Dr. Wladimir Lyra
Dr. Libo Ma
Mordecai-Mark Mac Low
Dr. Anne-Lise Maire
Mykola Malygin
Prof. Dr. Luigi Mancini
Former Position: Postdocs
Natascha Manger
Former Position: PhD students
Dr. Maria-Elena Manjavacas
Sebastian Marino
Gabriel-Dominique Marleau
Dr. Elena Mascadri
Sam Matthews
Former Position: PhD students
Dr. Jonathan Menu
Dr. Yamila Miguel
Dr. Maren Mohler-Fische
Karan Molaverdikhani
Esteban Morales-Häfelein
Prof. Dr. Christoph Mordasini
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Laszlo Mosoni
Ruzbeh Mossavati
Dr. Joseph Mottram
André Müller
Eric Müller
Jonas Müller
Former Position: Master student
Dr. Reinhard Mundt
Emeriti
Arianna Musso-Barcucci
Dr. Christian Obermeier
Dr. Christoph Olczak
Dr. Matt Owens
Prof. Dr. Ilaria Pascucci
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Yaroslav Pavlyuchenkov
Nicole Pawellek
Dr. Ludovic Petitdemange
Dr. Gabriele Pichierri
Former Position: Postdocs
Prof. Dr. Paola Pinilla
Dr. Jan Pitann
Dr. Adriana Pohl
Gabriele Ponti
Dr. Alexey Potapov
Former Position: Postdocs
Karsten Potrick
Dr. Elena Puga
Dr. Manoj Puravankara
Prof. Dr. Sascha P. Quanz
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Natalie Raettig
Dr. Sarah Ragan
Giulia Ricciardi
Former Position: Master student
Manuel Riener
Dr. Thomas Robitaille
Dr. Veronica Roccatagliata
Dr. Boyke Rochau
Dr. Florian Rodler
Dr. Jens Rodmann
Dr. Javier Rodón
Dr. Victoria Rodriguez
Michael Rugel
Tolou Sabri
Sarah Sadavoy
Dr. Zsolt Sandor
Paula Sarkis
Miriam Sawczuck
Former Position: Master student
Dr. Alexander Schegerer
Tobias Schierhuber
Former Position: Master student
Martin Schlecker
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Markus Schmalzl
Dr. Eva Schmalzl Meyer
Dr. Torsten Schmidt
Dr. Anika Schmiedeke
Dr. Andreas Schreiber
Matthäus Schulik
Former Position: Master student
Dipl.-Phys. Dr. Peter A. Schuller
Philipp Seeber
Dr. Johny Setiawan
Prof. Dr. Aurora Sicilia-Aguilar
Former Position: Postdocs
Grigorii Smirnov-Pinchukov
Former Position: PhD students
Jochen Stadler
Former Position: Master student
Dr. Angela Staicu
Dr. Mathias Steglich
Marie Steinmeyer
Former Position: Master student
Dr. Manfred Stickel
Dr. Ingo Stilz
Dr. Andrea Stolte
Dr. Micaela Stumpf
Dr. Bernhard Sturm
Prof. Dr. Amy Stutz
Former Position: Postdocs
Ning Sui
Dr. Zhao Sun
Dr. Clement Surville
Dr. Mark Swain
Prof. Dr. Richard Teague
Dr. Christian Thalmann
Jesper Tjoa
Former Position: PhD students
Dr. Kai Ueltzhöffer
Dr. Stefan Umbreit
Dr. Ana Uribe
Dr. Anton Vasyunin
Dr. Tatiana Vasyunina
Dr. Oliver Völkel
Former Position: Postdocs
Hagen Walter
Dr. Wei Wang
Yuan Wang
Dr. Patrick Weise
Dr. David Weldrake
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Wolf
Maria Wöllert
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Shiwei Wu
Fei Yan
Pengqian Yang
Dr. Sarolta Zahorecz
Dr. Olga Zakhozhay
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Mathias Zechmeister
Dr. Meng Zhai
Former Position: Postdocs
Chuan-Peng Zhang
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Svitlana Zhukovska
Dr. Neil Zimmerman
Dr. Andras Zsom

Alumni GC

Name
Mayte Alfaro
Former Position: PhD students
Anish Amarsi
Liyualem Ambachew
Former Position: Master student
Irham Andika
Former Position: PhD students
Francisco Aros
Fabrizio Arrigoni Battaia
Tri Astraatmadja
Ivana Barisic
Prof. Dr. Eric F. Bell
Former Position: Postdocs
Vardha Bennert
Joachim Bestenlehner
Paolo Bianchini
Prof. Dr. Frank Bigiel
Former Position: Postdocs
Alina Böcker
Former Position: PhD students
Michael Böhm
Alberto Bolatto
Former Position: Visiting scientist
Felix Bosco
Former Position: Postdocs
Emer Brady
Steffen Brinkmann
Tobias Buck
Alex Büdenbender
Sven Buder
Prof. Dr. Andreas Burkert
Former Position: Postdocs
Anahi Caldu Primo
Gabriela Calistro
Former Position: Master student
Prof. Dr. John Cannon
Former Position: Postdocs
Yu-Yen Chang
Priscilla Chauke
Salvatore Cielo
Prof. Dr. Michelle Collins
Former Position: Postdocs
Prof. Dr. Elena D'Onghia
Former Position: Postdocs
Elisabete da Cunha
Roberto Decarli
Prof. Dr. Walter Dehnen
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Thavisha Dharmawardena
Former Position: Postdocs
Simona Di Stefano
Former Position: Master student
Martina Donnari
Bernhard Dorner
Aaron Dutton
Anna-Christina Eilers
Dr. Christoph Engler
Former Position: Postdocs
Christopher Faesi
Katja Fahrion
Former Position: Master student
Nikolaos Fanidakis
Emanuele Paolo Farina
Prof. Dr. Fabo Feng
Former Position: Postdocs
Prof. Dr. Carl Ferkinhoff
Former Position: Postdocs
Diane Feuillet
Patrick Fopp
Former Position: Master student
Jonas Frings
Qiang Fu
Former Position: PhD students
Xudong Gao
Dennis Gaßmann
Former Position: Master student
Sarah Gebruers
Former Position: PhD students
Jeffrey Gerber
Martin Glück

Alumni APEx

Name
Dr. Ludmila Carone
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Jason Dittmann
Former Position: Postdocs
Dr. Maria Steinrück
Former Position: Postdocs
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