The 16th IMPRS Summer School


This webpage provides information for the 16th Heidelberg Summer School on the topic of

                                     Stellar Ecosystems


IMPRS for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg (IMPRS-HD):

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Landessternwarte Koenigstuhl, and Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies.

Scientific organizing committee:   

Saskia Hekker (HITS), Andreas Quirrenbach (LSW), Friedrich Roepke (HITS)

School lecturers:

  Conny Aerts   (KU Leuven)

  Leen Decin   (KU Leuven)

  Robert Izzard   (U Surrey)

  Beate Stelzer  (U Tübingen)

  Achim Weiss  (MPA Garching)

Lecturers of hands-on sessions:

  Stefan Jordan (ARI), Fabian Schneider (HITS)

Science talk speakers:

   Mario Flock (MPIA), Kathryn Kreckel (ARI), Philipp Girichids (ITA), Andreas Sander (ARI)

Scope of the school

The 2021 Heidelberg Summer School will focus on the most relevant aspects of stellar astrophysics, insofar they are relevant for the interaction of stars with each other, and with their planetary systems.

Five distinguished invited lecturers, along with an assortment of local experts, will provide an introduction to the field. In addition to the formal lectures, there will be hands-on sessions to perform simulations on stellar evolution, and to explore Gaia data. We will provide career discussions, and a variety of social activities.

Topics that are covered include: Stellar evolution, binary stars and evolutionary paths leading to sources of gravitational waves, stellar activity and interaction with planetary atmospheres, asteroseismology, mass loss and stellar winds.

School format  

Our schools have four main components spread throughout the week
1. A series of structured lectures given by the invited lecturers.
2. Problem-solving sessions based on the topics given in the lectures.
3. Presentations by local experts to open specific scientific problems.
4. A social program (limited due to Covid) to enable and encourage scientific interaction between students, lecturers and speakers.


Further information / registration

Here is a link to the program.

Here is a link to the list of participants.