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Note due to corona: Contacting MPA

To contain the spread of corona virus infections, the MPA has enacted certain changes to protect its employees. For the time being, the MPA will not offer public events, and its staff will not undertake travel or attend conferences. Meetings will primarily be held via video conferencing.
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Stars, stars, stars

January 01, 2021
Selma E. de Mink appointed as director at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics

Leibniz Prize 2021 for Volker Springel

December 10, 2020
The German Research Foundation DFG announced today that Volker Springel, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, will receive the most important research award in Germany: together with nine other scientists, he will receive the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2021 for his ground-breaking work in the field of numerical astrophysics.

Upcoming seminars

"Solving the core-cusp problem in Local Group dwarf spheroidals"

Jan 25, 2021 15:30 - 16:30
MPA, Garching, Room: online - zoom

"Changing-Look (CL) AGN and accretion disk instabilities"

Jan 26, 2021 12:00 - 13:00
online only

"On the duration of the embedded phase of star formation"

Jan 27, 2021 10:30 - 11:30
MPE, Room: online - zoom


Jan 28, 2021 15:15 - 16:15
online only

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About MPA


Managing Director
Prof. Dr. Volker Springel

Scientific Members, Kollegium, Directors
Dr. Selma E. de Mink
Prof. Dr. Guinevere Kauffmann
Prof. Dr. Eiichiro Komatsu
Prof. Dr. Volker Springel

Emeritus Directors
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hillebrandt
Prof. Dr. Rashid Sunyaev
Prof. Dr. Simon White

External Scientific Members
Prof. Dr. Martin Asplund
Prof. Dr. Rolf-Peter Kudritzki
Prof. Dr. Werner Tscharnuter

Head of the administration
Hendrik Wanger


Press and Public Relations
Dr. Hannelore Haemmerle
Phone: 089 30000-3980
Cornelia Rickl
Phone: 089 30000-2201
Dr. Hans-Thomas Janka
Phone: 089 30000-2228


Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching
Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1
Postfach 1317
D-85741 Garching, Germany

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