This webpage provides information for the 15th Heidelberg Summer School hosted by the International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg (IMPRS-HD).

The topic of the Heidelberg Summer School 2020 is

Planet formation in protoplanetary disks

Corona UPDATE: now organized as online school !!

Current School Information:


IMPRS for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg:
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Landessternwarte Koenigstuhl, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies.

Scientific organizing committee: Bertram Bitsch, Mario Flock, Paola Pinilla   (all at MPIA).


Pablo Benítez Llambay   (Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen)
Cornelis P. Dullemond   (ITA, University of Heidelberg)
Michiel Lambrechts   (Lund Observatory)
Yamila Miguel   (Leiden Observatory)
Catherine Walsh   (Leeds University)


The International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg (IMPRS-HD) has been established in 2005 as a graduate school for PhD studies.

In addition to the yearly course program for graduate studies in astronomy and astrophysics, IMPRS-HD is organizing an annual summer school on up-to-date scientific topics. Internationally renowned scientists are invited as lecturers.

Graduate students and early postdocs are particularly welcome to participate.

Scope of the School:

The 2020 Heidelberg Summer School did focus on different aspects of planet formation in Protoplanetary Disks.

The following questions were addressed during this school:

- How do planets interact with Protoplanetary Disks?
- How does radiative transfer in disks work?
- What do protoplanetary discs look like and what are they made of?
- How do planets form?
- What can we learn from exoplanets?

Five distinguished invited lecturers, along with an assortment of local experts, provided an introduction to the field with an emphasis on applications.

In addition to the formal lectures, there will be problem-solving sessions, career discussions, and a variety of social activities.

School format:

The school has four main components spread throughout the week

1. A series of structured lectures given by the five lecturers.
2. Problem-solving sessions based on the topics given in the lectures.
3. Presentations by local experts to open specific scientific problems.
Canceled: 4. A social program to enable and encourage scientific interaction between students, lecturers and speakers.

Here is a link to the School program .

Contact information:

For further information regarding the school, please contact:

Phone: +49-(0)6221-528-417
Fax:     +49-(0)6221-528-339

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