I studied physics at the Kazan Federal University, but spent many years working, in parallel, in exploration geophysics. My work focussed on the analysis of geothermal reservoirs and their properties in connection with hydrocarbon deposits. I am also interested in the Solar system, and, in particular, in the thermal regime of the terrestrial planets -- the work that I presented at several EGS and AGU meetings. After graduating from the KFU, I was offered a PhD position in geophysics at Cornell University, but chose to pursue doctoral studies in astronomy at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. 

Since then, my career path took me to different places across Europe, from Munich to Cambridge, and finally to Heidelberg where I lead an Max Planck research group “Stellar spectroscopy and stellar populations”. 

Besides research, I am committed to teaching and I am also interested in science of large collaborations and in scientific politics. Since 2014, I have been the representative of research group leaders in the Chemistry-Physics-Technology (CPT) Section of the Max Planck Society. 

I am also leading several large astronomy projects, the 4MOST 4MIDABLE-HR massive spectroscopic survey of the Galactic disk and bulge (~ 2021), and the Science Workgroup Exoplanets and Stellar Physics for the Maunakea Spectroscopic Telescope (~ 2025).

The full list of 
my publications can be found on NASA ADS.

University training, degree, and advanced academic qualifications

  • 2005 – 2008: Dr. rer. nat. (December 2008). Ludwig-Maximilian University, magna cum laude, Advisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Gehren
  • 2000 – 2005: Physics and Astronomy. Diploma in Astronomy, B.Sc. in Physics; Kazan State University, Russia, Advisor: Prof. Lyudmila Mashonkina 

Postgraduate professional career

  • Since 2014:   Max Planck Independent Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2013 – 2014: Postdoc, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, with Prof. Gerry Gilmore
  • 2009 – 2013: Postdoc, Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching, Germany, with Prof. Martin Asplund

Professional Service

  • 2013 – 2019: Service on committees and reviewer for MPG, DFG, ESO 
  • Since 2018:  Science Worgroup Lead “Exoplanets and Stellar Physics”, planned MOS facility Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer 
  • 2015 – 2016: Coordinator of the field „Stellar Parameters, Stellar Structure  and Evolution" for the decadal plan (Denkschrift) of Rat Deutscher Sternwarten, "Perspectives of Astrophysics in Germany 2015-2030” 
  • Since 2015: Co-I of the projects “”,  “Observational Galactic Chemodynamics”, Sonderforschungsbereich 881 “The Milky Way System”, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG
  • Since 2016: Co-PI of the 4MOST High-resolution Milky Way Disc and Bulge Survey 
  • Since 2014:  Representative of the Research Group Leaders in the Max Planck Society (Chemistry-Physics-Technology Section, CPTS)
  • 2013 - 2016: Co-investigator, NSF-funded project "From Stars to Active Galactic Nuclei. Phototionization, Photoexcitation, Opacities, and Spectra of Low Ionization Fe-peak Species“, PI: M. Bautista
  • Since 2015:  Fellow of the Elisabeth-Schiemann-Kolleg of the Max Planck Society
  • Since 2012: referee for different professional journals, including Astrophysical Journal, MNRAS, the Journal of Physics, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Science 

Invited talks, seminars, and colloquia 
Over the past ten years I have given over 100 talks, seminar, colloquia at different conferences, research institutes, meetings, and assemblies. Please ask me for a list, if interested.

© Maria Bergemann 2019