Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2007
    Professor of astronomy at Heidelberg University and director of the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut at the Centre for Astronomy at Heidelberg University

  • 2004 – 2007
    Director, Astronomical Institute at the University of Basel, Switzerland

  • 2003 – 2007
    Professor of observational astronomy at the University of Basel, Switzerland

  • 2000 – 2003
    Research group leader (C3) at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg

  • 1998 – 2000
    Hubble Fellow, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

  • 1997 – 1998
    Postdoc at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

  • 1996 – 1997
    Postdoc at the University of Würzburg, Germany

  • 1995 – 1996
    Postdoc at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

  • 1995
    Doctorate in astronomy, University of Bonn

  • 1992 – 1994
    Student Fellow at the European Southern Observatory, La Silla, Chile

  • 1991
    Summer Student at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD, USA

  • 1991
    Diplom degree in physics and astronomy, University of Bonn, Germany

Selected publications

  • Grebel, E.K., Gallagher, J.S., Harbeck, D.: The Progenitors of Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies. In: Astronomical Journal 125, 2003. p. 1926.

  • Odenkirchen, M. et al.: Detection of Massive Tidal Tails around the Globular Cluster Palomar 5 with Sloan Digital Sky Survey Commissioning Data. In: Astrophysical Journal Letters 548, 2001. p. L165.

  • Maeder, A., Grebel, E.K., Mermilliod, J.-C.: Differences in the fractions of Be stars in galaxies. In: Astronomy & Astrophysics 346, 1999. p. 459.

  • Harbeck, D. et al.: Population Gradients in Local Group Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies. In: Astronomical Journal 122, 2001. p. 3092.

  • Grebel, E.K., Gallagher, J.S.: The Impact of Reionization on the Stellar Populations of Nearby Dwarf Galaxies. In: Astrophysical Journal Letters 610, 2004. p. L89.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Collaborative Research Center "The Milky Way System (SFB 881)"

  • Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)

  • Radial Velocity Experiment (RAVE, sky survey)

  • Gaia (satellite mission of the European Space Agency -ESA)

  • 4-metre Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope (4MOST)

  • Vera C. Rubin Observatory (LSST)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member, Advisory Council of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-V), since 2021

  • Member, Science Policy Board of 4MOST, since 2017

  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics (AIP), 2017 – 2021

  • Vice President, Hector Fellow Academy (HFA), 2016 – 2023

  • President, Commission H1 on "The Local Universe" of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), 2015 – 2018

  • Member of the Senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2013 – 2019

  • Spokesperson, Collaborative Research Center "The Milky Way System" (SFB 881), 2011 – 2022

  • Astronomy Working Group (AWG) of the European Space Agency (ESA), 2009 – 2010

  • Spokesperson of the review board 311 (astronomy and astrophysics) of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2008 – 2013

  • Space Telescope Institute Council, Baltimore, MD, USA, 2007 – 2010

  • Scientific advisory board of the Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics, Freiburg, 2005 – 2012, Deputy chairperson, 2006 – 2012

  • Advisory Council of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), 2005 – 2008

  • Commission on astronomy of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, 2004 – 2007; President, 2006 – 2007

  • Observing Programmes Committee of the European Southern Observatory as the national representative of Switzerland, 2003 – 2006


  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service, German Research Foundation (DFG), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Comision Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica (Chile), Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Sao Paulo (Brazil), The Leverhulme Trust (England), National Research Foundation (South Africa), Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Netherlands), Nederlandse Onderzoeksschool voor Astronomie (Netherlands), US–Israel Binational Science Foundation (Israel), MacArthur Fellows Program (USA), Agence d'evaluation de la recherche et de l'enseignement superieur (France)

  • various observatories and journals

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