Perspectives of Astrophysics in Germany

7 December 2015. From December 7 to 9 the state of astrophysical research in Germany will be presented and strategies for the next decade will be discussed at a workshop organized by the Council of German Observatories (Rat Deutscher Sternwarten, RDS) and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) on Telegrafenberg in Potsdam.

The focus is on the participation of research groups and institutions at large, mostly international projects. Results of the workshop will be incorporated in the strategy discussions with funding agencies, such as the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG, the Federal Ministry for Research and Education BMBF and the Ministry for Economics affairs and Energy, who is in charge of the national space programme. Besides the strategy discussion further thematic blocks address specific astrophysical research topics and infrastructures. Each of these themes is organized by a group of established scientists in the German community. The role of the German astronomy in space programs and big multilateral projects will be addressed. The goal of the meeting is to identify key issues of astrophysical research in the years 2015-2030.

Matthias Steinmetz, president of the German Astronomical Society (Astronomische Gesellschaft, AG) and scientific chairman of the AIP states: “The participants of this workshop bring together the concentrated knowledge in the field of astrophysics in Germany. With this expertise we will have the chance not only to identify future key issues of our field of research, but also to carve out the means and measures to answer some of the key questions of astrophysics in the years to come.”

The Council of German Observatories (Rat Deutscher Sternwarten, RDS) is an organ of the German Astronomical Society and represents the common interests of all German astronomical institutes against funding agencies, governments and international organisations. It currently has 38 member institutes.

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The key topics of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. Since 1992 the AIP is a member of the Leibniz Association.