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Galaxy Coffee is the informal seminar of the "Galaxies & Cosmology" Department at the MPIA. It is held each Thursday every week at 11:00 am on the third floor at the MPIA.

Currently, we run Galaxy Coffee in hybrid mode in the auditorium/Hörsaal.

If you would like to participate via zoom, please contact the organisers for the zoom link.

Please contact any of the organizers if you would like to volunteer for the free slots available:

Galaxy Coffee rules:

  • keep the talk brief - as a guideline, focus on one punchline.
  • make sure to introduce the topic for the "general" audience, i.e. students and people not working in the field.
  • we encourage black board presentations, (few) slides are also welcome
  • talk time: 10 - 15 minutes.
  • discussion time: 5 - 10 minutes (during or after the talk).
  • total time per slot must not exceed 25 minutes.
  • including some buffer for announcements and general discussions ('I always wondered if / how / why XYZ works' et al.), total Galaxy Coffee time is ~ 60 minutes.

List of previous talks


Date Slot Who What
18th April 1 Antti Rantala (MPA) Hierarchical star cluster assembly boosts IMBH formation
C: U.Dudzeviciute 2 Kirill Shiianov (Capgemini Engineering) From Atoms to Galaxies - Introduction to quantum computing and how it can help advancing astrophysics
25th April 1 Soumavo Ghosh Closing the 'gap': secular evolution of bar-induced dark gaps in presence of thick disks
C: A.Ravishankar 2 Laura Martínez, Jaime Villasenor GC Retreat Organisation
2nd May 1 Hans-Walter Rix Where do the Milky Way’s most metal-rich stars live?
C: L.R.Seeburger 2 J. Eduardo Méndez-Delgado (ARI/ZAH) Dust, Metallicity, and Nucleosynthesis: Insights from Fe/O and Fe/N gas Abundances in Star-Forming Nebulae
9th May 1 No Galaxy Coffee public holiday
C: 2 No Galaxy Coffee Ascension Day
16th May 1 Kevin Harrington (ESO-Chile Fellow) PASSAGES: An overview of lensed Planck selected starbursts and our multi-wavelength follow-up campaign
C: A.Dumont 2 Akanksha Kapahtia Semi-numerical simulations of the epoch of Helium Reionization
23rd May 1 Heidi Korhonen Introducing the technical department
C: P. Gaikwad 2 Heidi Korhonen & colleagues workshop tour
30th May 1 No Galaxy Coffee public holiday
C: 2 No Galaxy Coffee Corpus Christi
6th June 1 Vedant Chandra (Harvard) TBD
C: Y.M. Sharma 2 Helena Faustino Vieira Dust mapping methodology for the cold ISM in nearby galaxies and its application to HST imaging (TBC)
13th June 1 Michal Bilek Why do some early-type galaxies rotate and others do not?
C: F.Walter 2 Bhargav Vaidya (IIT Indore) Unravelling the mystery behind “MysTail”, a unique radio jet in Abell 3266
20th June 1 Martin Fournier (Uni Hamburg) The life and death of cold filaments in cool-core clusters
C: T. Cantat 2 Giancarlo Mattia (INFN - Florence) Magnetic dissipation in short gamma-ray burst jets: resistive relativistic MHD simulations
27th June 1 Tavisha Dharmawardena TBD
C: N.Storm 2 Alex Dimoff S-Process Nucleosynthesis in and from AGB Stars”
4th July 1 Emily Griffith (Colorado) TBD
C: M. Schirmer 2 Joshua Speagle (University of Toronto) TBD
11th July 1 Ling Zhu (Shanghai) TBD
C: TBD 2 Zhang-Liang Xie Quasars on amplifier: Do radio-loud quasars grow faster?
18th July 1 Jing Li Discovery of ∼2200 new supernova remnants in 19 nearby star-forming galaxies with MUSE spectroscope
C: TBD 2 Maike Clausen TBD
25th July 1 Katherine Zucker(CfA) TBD
C: TBD 2 Nadiia Pulatova TBD

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