News at MPA

Note due to corona: Contacting MPA

To contain the spread of corona virus infections, the MPA has enacted certain changes to protect its employees. Wherever possible, MPA staff will work from their home offices. For the time being, the MPA will not offer public events, and its staff will not undertake travel or attend conferences. Meetings will be held via video conferencing.
Therefore it might be difficult to reach some staff members by telephone, please use Email instead. Mail continues to be received. Please note, however, that there might be some delays in getting a response.
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Springel and Hernquist receive Gruber Cosmology Prize

May 06, 2020

Volker Springel, managing director at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, and Lars Hernquist, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, receive the 2020 Gruber Cosmology Prize for their defining contributions to cosmological simulations. The award recognizes their transformative work on structure formation in the universe, and development of numerical algorithms and community codes further used by many other researchers to significantly advance the field.

SRG observatory completes X-ray map of half the sky

April 14, 2020

X-ray astronomers and astrophysicists in Russia and Germany working from their home offices with the Spectrum RG orbital observatory have reached an important milestone – the ART XC and eROSITA telescopes aboard Spectrum RG completed a map of half of the sky.

Upcoming seminars

Massive discs around young stars

May 26, 2020 10:00 - 11:00
online only

Die Stringtheorie: Was ist das eigentlich?

Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt.
May 26, 2020 19:00 - 20:30
online (siehe unten)

The mathematics of precision physics

May 28, 2020 14:00 - 15:00
online only

The MIGHTEE Survey: Progress and Future Plans

May 28, 2020 15:15 - 16:00
online only

About MPA


Managing Director
Prof. Dr. Volker Springel

Scientific Members, Kollegium, Directors
Prof. Dr. Guinevere Kauffmann
Prof. Dr. Eiichiro Komatsu
Prof. Dr. Volker Springel

Emeritus Scientific Members
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


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Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1
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D-85741 Garching, Germany

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