Prof. Dr. J. Anton Zensus

Director and Head of the Radioastronomy/ VLBI Dept.
Phone:+49 228 525-298 (secretary)




Priv.-Doz. Dr. Rainer Mauersberger

Phone:+49 228 525-292


Room 2.92

IMPRS Office

Dr. Simone Pott

Phone:+49 228 525-218

Raum 0.05; Sprechstunden: Mon 8h-13h, Tue&Wed 8h-17h

Contact and Directions

IMPRS for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
Auf dem Hügel 69
D-53121 Bonn

TOEFL Code Number 5356

International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Astronomy & Astrophysics

IMPRS: A first class ticket to research

The IMPRS of Astronomy and Astrophysics is a joint effort of the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, the University of Bonn, and the University of Cologne.

The school offers a broad spectrum of topics in observational and theoretical, galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, observational and theoretical cosmology, fundamental physics with astronomical tools and instrumentation. Despite the expertise in radio astronomy of the MPIfR the IMPRS for Astronomy and Astrophysics provides the opportunity for scientific activity in all fields of contemporary science, all modern techniques, methods and energy bands. The IMPRS for Astronomy and Astrophysics offers a competitive PhD program on the basis of a tightly structured curriculum, including:

  • Advanced lectures on fundamental astrophysical fields (“Black Board Lectures”)
  • Soft skill seminars (e.g. presentation skills, time management, scientific reading)
  • Weekly students’ seminars
  • Annual, “students-only” workshop where they develop team activities aside from their main research interests
  • Colloquia at the three hosting institutions given by experts from all over the globe
  • University courses
  • Thesis committees monitoring the progress of each student and provide scientific feedback to the PhD course
  • Funding for traveling to international schools, conferences and the best observing facilities around the world.
  • Access to the most advanced observing techniques using state-of-the-art earth-bound or space observatories.
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