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Two new research groups

München, 07/10/2017

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft has approved funding for two new research groups at LMU.

Ercolano_260_2Professor Barbara Ercolano of the LMU Observatory, a specialist in Computational Astrophysics, will serve as Coordinator of the new research group on Planet Formation witnesses and probes: Transition Discs, which will investigate the role of protoplanetary disks in the origin of planets. Protoplanetary disks are relatively thin disks made up of gas and dust which are associated with young stars, and provide the raw material for the formation of planetary systems. The term ‘transition(al)’ refers to the stage in which the first signs of structure appear within the initially homogeneous disk. Detailed modeling of the dynamic evolution of transition disks is therefore a vital step in the understanding of the genesis of planetary systems.

For more information on Barbara Ercolano’s research, see:

nickelsen_260_2Kärin Nickelsen, who holds a Chair in the History of Science at LMU, will coordinate the second of the new research groups, on Cooperation and Competition in the Sciences. Focusing on the period from the 1970s to the 1990s, she and her colleagues will study the interaction dynamics that ensue when former collaborators become direct competitors. The group will also address the roles of mentors and of leading stakeholders in the field of science.

Research groups are intended to enable teams of researchers to work together on medium-term projects, and are funded for three years in the first instance.