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Günther Hasinger

Discovering the Universe

Life and Matter Sciences Conference Thursday, November, 21st, 2019 19:00 hours Madrid

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Sede: Fundación Ramón Areces. Calle Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid.

Free admission. Necessary previous online registration. Limited capacity. 

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Fundación Ramón Areces

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ESA is an international space organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. ESA is one of the few space agencies in the world to combine responsibility in nearly all areas of space activity, being the scientific programme a major constituent of the ESA strategy and part of its mandatory activities. 

The Science Programme of the European Space Agency (ESA) relies on long-term planning, with the objective to provide the best possible tools to the scientific community to achieve and sustain excellence, leading to new discoveries, and innovation. ESA Science current plan, known as Cosmic Vision, comprises a variety of large, medium, small and opportunity missions and extends up to 2035. It is the result of a bottom-up process that began with a consultation of the broad scientific community. Beyond today's Cosmic vision, ESA is already defining its longer-term vision and next planning cycle of the ESA Science Programme up to 2050, known as Voyage 2050.

In this conference a review of current and future ESA Scientific missions will be performed, addressing recent discoveries and some of the identified future science trends. The new possibilities of multimessenger astronomy, combining gravitational and electromagnetics observations; future enhanced X-ray and infrared telescopes; dedicated missions towards the understanding of the dark universe; and next decade exoplanet scientific planned missions will all be addressed, with emphasis on the European planned contributions on these fields. 

Thursady, November, 21st

18:30 h.

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19:00 h.


Raimundo Pérez-Hernández y Torra 
Director de la Fundación Ramón Areces.


Discovering the Universe 

Günther Hasinger 
Director del Programa Científico de la Agencia Espacial Europea (ESA). 

Günther Hasinger received his Physics diploma from Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich, and in 1984, he earned a PhD in astronomy from LMU for research done at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE). After visiting lectureships in the USA, he returned to Germany to take a position at the University of Potsdam. He served as director of the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam from 1994 to 2001. In 2001, he was appointed as a scientific member of the Max Planck Society, and as the director of the High Energy Group at MPE. In 2007, he spent four months at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaii while on sabbatical, and in 2008 he became scientific director at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), the position he relinquished to become the Director of the IfA.

Günther Hasinger has received numerous awards for his research and scientific achievements, including the Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the most significant research prize in Germany, and the international Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Award for his outstanding contributions to space science. He is a member of the Academia Europea, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, and Leopoldina (the German National Academy of Sciences), and an external member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Günther Hasinger has also played a key role in the operation of X-ray satellites and the development of future observatories. When the attitude control system of ROSAT, a joint German/UK/US X-ray and ultraviolet satellite, failed soon after launch in 1990, Prof. Hasinger was instrumental in developing a new control system that enabled the satellite to continue its mission. He has also held several important national and international responsibilities, such as the chair of the Council of German Observatories and the president of the International Astronomical Union Division on Space and High Energy Astrophysics. He played a significant role in improving the financial constraints of basic space research in Germany and Europe.

In addition to writing numerous scientific papers, Günther Hasinger is the author of an award-winning book, Schicksal des Universums, which explains astrophysics and cosmology to a wider audience (with an extended English version called Astronomy’s Limitless Journey: A Guide to Understanding the Universe), and the winner of the Wilhelm Foerster Prize for public dissemination of science in 2011.

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