Short CV/Education and training

  • 1980 – 1986
    Studied physics at the Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

  • 1988 – 1995
    Fellowship from the Max Planck Society and position as research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Aeronomy, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany

  • 1991
    Doctorate at the University of Göttingen, MPI for Aeronomy

  • 1995 – 1997
    "External ESA research fellow" at the Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, France

  • Since 1997
    Research associate at the Institute of Planetary Research, German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Berlin-Adlershof

  • 2004
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at TU Berlin in astrophysics

  • Since 2005
    Head of the division "Extrasolar Planets and Atmospheres" at the Institute of Planetary Research, German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Berlin-Adlershof

  • Since 2006
    Professor in "Planetary physics", TU Berlin

Selected projects

Participation in satellite missions:

  • COROT (Co-Investigator and Member of the "COROT Scientific Council"): small satellite mission of the CNES; Goals: Search for extrasolar planets, asteroseismology

  • PLATO (Member of the "ESA Assessment Study Science Teams", Member of the PLATO Consortium): Mission selected within the framework of the "ESA Cosmic Vision" call for studies; Goals: Search for extrasolar planets, asteroseismology

  • Rosetta: Mission of the European Space Agency ESA, Goal: Formation of the nucleus of comets. Co-investigator and associated scientist for the instruments: MIRO (radiotelescope), VIRTIS (IR spectrometer), OSIRIS (optical camera)

Other scientific projects:

  • Coordinator of the project "Atmospheres and atmosphere-surface interaction" within the framework of the Helmholtz Alliance "Planetary Evolution and Life"

  • Construction of a wide-angle telescope system to search for exoplanets with support from COROT in southern France and Chile (BEST, BESTII)

  • Participation in additional ground-based wide-angle telescope projects (A-STEP, Antarctica)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the German National Committee of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)

  • Member of the European Space Agency (ESA) Study Science Team for PLATO; Member of the PLATO Optimisation Advisory Team of the ESA

  • Head of Commission 5 (Exoplanets and Astrobiology) of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Extraterrestrische Forschung (Extraterrestrial Research Working Group)

  • "Sub-task leader" of the ARENA Network (Antarctic Research, a European Network for Astrophysics)

  • Coordinator for the area "Atmosphere" within the framework of the Alliance Network of the Helmholtz Association on the topic of "Planetary development and life"

  • Review board of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2008 – 2012

  • Advisory committee "Space Science" of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), 2008 – 2010

  • Member of the "Exoplanet Roadmap Advisory Team" of the ESA, 2008 – 2010

  • Member of the "Solar System Working Group" of the ESA, 2007 – 2010

  • Member of the "Herschel Observing Time Allocation Committee" (HOTAC), 2007 – 2008

  • Member of Panel C of the Organizing Programme Committee of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), 2004 – 2005

  • Member of the ESA–ESO group on extrasolar planets, 2004

Reviewer for:

  • German Research Foundation (DFG), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Israel Science Foundation, Austrian Science Foundation

Referee for:

  • A&A, Astrophysical Journal, Planetary and Space Science, Space Science Reviews, Earth, Moon & Planets, Publ. Astron. Soc. Japan, Europhysics Letters, Science, Nature

  • Guest editor of Planetary and Space Science

Member of:

  • International Astronomical Union, Astronomische Gesellschaft (German astronomical society),, European Geophysical Union, European Exo/Astrobiology Network Association

  • Member of the scientific and local organisation committees for various international conferences


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