Scope: Formation & Evolution of Galaxies

The main scope of the chair for extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology is to explore and understand the formation of galaxies and their evolution in different environments. We have now good evidence that within the first 1 billion years after the Big Bang, the first population of stars emerged out of the initial pool of particles and assembled in large systems – the galaxies. However, the details of the origins of stars and galaxies and how they have evolved over the subsequent 12 billion years until today are largely unknown. Our research contributes to understand these fundamental issues by investigating mass assembly, star formation, and galaxy interactions.

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Marietta Blau grant for Jose Perez

Jose Manuel Perez has been awarded a 12-month Marietta Blau grant to visit the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias.


First author paper of Christian Maier accepted

A first-author paper by our group member Christian Maier was accepted for publication in A&A, entitled "Slow-then-rapid...


Guest Professor Polychronis Papaderos (19.11.-15.12.2018)

Prof. Papaderos (Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences, Portugal) will in particular work with Jan Florian, who...


Guest Professor Michaela Hirschmann (1.10.2018-31.3.2019)

Dr. Michaela Hirschmann (Institut d’ Astrophysique de Paris) will work with various members of our group on comparisons...


National Astronomical Observatory Japan invites Bodo Ziegler

Prof. Bodo Ziegler (Department of Astrophysics) was awarded with a prestigious research grant from the National...


First A&A paper by former master student V. Marian accepted for publication

Victor Marian, who did his Master thesis in our group, got his first first-author paper accepted on color gradients in...


KWA grant for PhD student Jose M. Perez

Jose Manuel Perez, one of our PhD students, got awarded a KWA grant by the University of Vienna to work with colleagues...


Phase A of MOSAIC completed

The Phase A of the MOSAIC instrument of the E-ELT (European Extremely Large Telescope) has been completed and the plans...


Bodo Ziegler MIRI Steering Committee member

Prof. Bodo Ziegler became a member of the MIRI Steering Committee for Austria.


Bodo Ziegler awarded visitorship by NAOJ

Prof. Bodo Ziegler has been awarded a one-month visitorship by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan to work...


Guest Professor Polychronis Papaderos (08.01.-02.02.2018)

Professor Polychronis Papaderos (Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences, Portugal) will work with various members...


Successful GTC proposal

Our team has been granted nine hours of spectroscopy with the 10-m Gran Telescopio Canarias using the OSIRIS instrument.